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Educating Adolescent Ukrainian War Refugees
Date of Award
Department or Program Affiliation
Doctor of Education Leadership
Doctorate of Education
Education Leadership and Inclusive Teaching
Robertson, Wayne Thomas
Pearson, Chris (Superintendent)
This research is important due to the thousands of Ukrainian war refugees seeking their education in the U.S. with limited English language proficiency and having likely experienced some ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) leading many to have some levels of trauma. This reality has resulted in MLL (Multi-Language Learner) educators needing support to identify effective classroom approaches. This qualitative research took a phenomenological approach utilizing constant comparison methods and triangulation to code the data and come to conclusions and recommendations. The results of the data show a need for a trauma screener for Ukrainian war refugee students, as well as a method to train teachers on trauma-informed teaching methods and mental models. Also, developing a partnership with community resources to help support these students is recommended. Relationships with the Ukrainian students is important to support these students. Teachers also need professional development for implementing an effective MLL program, including good basic instruction, and for partnering with colleagues who have MLL students in their courses. Furthermore, the data shows Ukrainian war refugee youth experiencing a painful acculturation due to their experiences in the Ukraine and this has resulted in an active push-back against learning English. This reinforces the value of positive relationships with the MLL students. Lastly, administrators and teachers need to each own their roles in the education of MLLs for leadership cohesion and more effective implementation of the MLL program. Additional areas of study are identified including student voice, professional development, and coherent leadership.
Ukraine, refugees, children, educations, teenagers, war, strategies, MLL, ELL
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Refugee children--Education--Ukraine; Teenage refugees--Education--Ukraine; Psychic trauma in children; Multilingual education
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Cahan, Eric, "Educating Adolescent Ukrainian War Refugees: Current Practices and Recommendations to Address Complex Learning Needs" (2023). WWU Graduate School Collection. 1233.