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Agency as the Acquisition of Capital: the role of one-on-one tutoring and mentoring in changing a refugee student's educational trajectory

Dumenden, Iris E (2011) Agency as the Acquisition of Capital: the role of one-on-one tutoring and mentoring in changing a refugee student's educational trajectory. European Educational Research Journal, 10 (4). pp. 472-483. ISSN 1474-9041

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Abstract

Current research into the experiences of refugee students in mainstream secondary schools in Australia indicates that for these students, schools are places of social and academic isolation and failure. This article introduces one such student, Lian, who came to Australia as a refugee from Burma, and whom the author tutored and mentored intensively during his final year of schooling. The article provides an empirically derived understanding of how one-on-one tutoring and mentoring became a platform through which this student was able to succeed in a structure which systematically tried to exclude him. Here, agency is conceptualised in terms of Bourdieu's concept of capital. The analysis highlights the ways in which one-on-one tutoring and mentoring provided the necessary platform by which this refugee student was able to acquire the necessary capital that effected a positive change in his educational trajectory.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID23407, refugee students, agency's role, tutoring, mentoring, secondary schools, Australia, educational trajectory, positive change
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
SEO Classification > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2012 01:01
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:59
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9045
DOI: 10.2304/eerj.2011.10.4.472
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