Education beyond safety

Facilitating educational meetings between refugee and non-refugee youth

Authors

  • Stine H. Bang Svendsen NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Christian Engen Skotnes Norwegian University of Science and Technology https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9217-4945

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.11576/jsse-4646

Keywords:

Global citizenship education, refugee education, Decoloniality, Professional ethics

Abstract

Purpose: The article unpacks potentials of and resistance towards facilitating meetings between refugee and non-refugee youth in global citizenship education.

Design/methodology/approach: The analyses are based on participant observation in a school-based intervention in three locations, developed on the principles of design-based research [DBR].

Findings: The article exposes both how meetings between students could be deeply educational and how teachers prevent meaningful interaction between students out of concern for refugee students.

Research limitations/implications: More research is needed on how students care for themselves and others in transformational learning contexts.

Practical implications: Privileged teachers’ concern for retraumatising students can veil unconscious protection of the privileged self against students’ trauma and should therefore be subject to critical reflection.

 

Author Biographies

Stine H. Bang Svendsen, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Stine H. Bang Svendsen, Associate Professor of Education, is a researcher and teacher at the Dept. for teacher education, Norwegian University of Science & Technology NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. Svendsen’s research focus is on decolonial and psychosocial perspectives in and on education in relation to gender, race, sexuality and indigeneity. She also works on diversity and inclusion in education, schools' support for gender diversity and sexual diversity, and social studies didactics that promote minority knowledges

 

Christian Engen Skotnes, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Christian Engen Skotnes, Assistant Professor of Social Studies Didactics, is a researcher and teacher at the Dept. for teacher education, Norwegian University of Science & Technology NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. Skotnes’s research focus is on global citizenship education, democratic resilience, integration, and migration. He also works with critical thinking and didactic dialogue for citizenship- and human rights education in social studies didactics.

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Published

2022-06-30