‘We have education, I can say that’: worldview and access to education for adult refugees

Kristen H. Perry, Christine A. Mallozzi

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Abstract

We present a discourse analysis of narratives from two adult Congolese refugees, focused on the influence of worldview (including cultural mindset, personal world, and perspective) on thinking about accessing higher education. We examined narrative structure (Gee 2011), subject statements, and Underhill's (2009) three elements of worldview in the narratives. Both participants held a cultural mindset that highly valued education, but their personal worlds and perspectives differed, perhaps explaining their different decisions about accessing higher education. Findings suggest implications for supporting adult refugee education, particularly their aspirations for accessing higher education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-513
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Linguistics (United Kingdom)
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2017

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Keywords

  • discourse analysis
  • higher education
  • refugee
  • worldview

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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