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My friends were there for me: exploring the pedagogical adaptations of secondary Nigerian-Australian students in Tasmania


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Kidmas, L, Ashman, G ORCID: 0000-0002-5576-8442 and Short, M ORCID: 0000-0002-9436-650X 2017 , 'My friends were there for me: exploring the pedagogical adaptations of secondary Nigerian-Australian students in Tasmania' , Australasian Review of African Studies, vol. 38, no. 1 , pp. 65-85 , doi: 10.22160/22035184/ARAS-2017-38-1/65-85.

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This article explores the experiences of migrant Nigerian secondarystudents and their observations of teaching and learning within theTasmanian context. These students and their families had migrated fromNigeria to Australia and their parents were skilled migrants serving asprofessionals in different fields (Department of Immigration and BorderProtection, 2011). Australia’s skilled migration program encouragesprofessionals from various countries to seek employment opportunitieswhere there are shortages. A particular focus of this article is the way inwhich students from these families have adapted to the pedagogical contextof secondary schooling in Tasmania. In interviews, the students wereencouraged to reflect on their prior schooling in Nigeria and to comparetheir experiences in Nigeria with their current schooling in Tasmania. Aqualitative methodology was employed utilising semi-structured interviewsand an analysis of written responses via a journaling exercise. The resultssuggest that three areas of adaptation (the social, the academic and thecultural) were important to the students’ successful school experiences inTasmania. The active role that the students played in their successfuladaptation was also identified. Some recommendations for teachers, basedon the literature and the findings of the project, are offered.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kidmas, L and Ashman, G and Short, M
Keywords: Nigerian secondary students, schooling, adaption, pedagogy
Journal or Publication Title: Australasian Review of African Studies
Publisher: The African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific
ISSN: 1447-8420
DOI / ID Number: 10.22160/22035184/ARAS-2017-38-1/65-85
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