Being an Effective Teacher of Children from Refugee

A Guide to Writing the Report on Being an Effective Teacher of Children from Refugee Backgrounds

Maximum 2000 words excluding ALL of the following- title page, contents page, references, Appendix (all elements). Use the following guide to organise

your report into sections.

The topic- Being an Effective Teacher of Children from Refugee Backgrounds

Students do not need to report on everything covered so far about working with refugee students. Choose ONE (or two) THEME(S) e.g. EALD, trauma,

working with families, anything covered in the Week 8 tutorial.

Use the main headings provided below and create sub-headings beneath them based on chosen theme (s).

Note- The more themes chosen, the less opportunity to discuss thoroughly.

Title Page: Introducing the Report. Not included in word count.

The title of the report should include:

 your name and SID.

 the name of your report

Table of Contents: How the report is organised. Not included in word count.

 A list of the major and minor sections of your report and page numbers where sections are located.

(see page 3)

 Complete when you finished the

report

Introduction: Setting the scene for the report. References required. (Approximately 400 words)

Your response should provide background information on the purpose of researching ‘how to be an effective

teacher of children from refugee backgrounds’.

Draw your responses from weekly readings and your own research.

Organise into the following headings

1. What is an effective teacher?

2. What are inclusive learning approaches?

3. Introduce a theoretical framework (or more than one) that you will apply in the Discussion

section of the report. (Note: See theories covered in Module 6)

Answer these questions in relation to

teaching in general.

 Use the word count as a guide for

completing the three sections.

 Answer questions 1 & 2. Use

references.

 Include a description (only) of the

theory you will be applying in the

Discussion Section. Use references.

Aim of the report Copy and complete the aim provided

2

Sometimes referred to as ‘the problem’ to be investigated. (approx. 50-100 words) Should be brief, for

example…

“….to report on being an effective teacher of children from refugee backgrounds”.

Add extra information relating to your

chosen theme

Results: A description of what you have found in relation to refugee children and relevant teaching practices.

(Approximately 400 words) References required.

Your response should draw evidence from your research and Module 6.3 Activities (however, the question

answer responses verbatim should only be included in the Appendix).

Organise the findings into the following headings

1. Characteristics and needs of the refugee learner

2. Relevant skills, knowledge, approaches and practices.

In this section you will be specifically

looking at working with refugee learners.

Complete 1 & 2

 Within the total word count

 Use references

 Use relevant information from

Module 6.3 Activities that relates

to your chosen theme

Discussion: An analysis and reflection on the effectiveness of the teaching approaches and your developing

intercultural competence. (Approximately 600 words) References required.

Your discussion should address the following points and draw evidence from relevant research.

1. Alignment of teaching approaches with the children being taught:

Reflect on how the skills, knowledge, approaches and practices (that you have discussed in the

Results section) are relevant for working with refugee learners according to their specific

characteristics and needs of refugee learners (you have stated in the Results section).

2. Intercultural competence:

Critically reflect on your developing intercultural competence for working with refugee

children.

3. Inclusive education:

Reflect on your developing understanding of the importance of inclusive education for

children with diverse needs or from diverse backgrounds.

4. Application of theory:

Where appropriate, use the theory (you introduced in the “Introduction” section) to support

the discussion in points 1, 2 or 3 above.

In this section you will be specifically

looking at working with refugee learners

except for ***.

 Provide a paragraph analysing how

the skills, knowledge etc (you have

discussed in Results) are

appropriate for catering for the

needs and characteristics

(discussed in the Results section)

 Critically reflect on your own

intercultural competence for

working with refugee children

 ***Reflect on your understandings

of inclusive education (and what

you have found in this assignment)

on other diverse learners other

than refugee students

3

 Apply one theory (see

introduction) to your analysis

above.

Conclusion: A general concluding statement that answers your aim. (Approximately 150 words).

No references required.

Short overall statement of what you have

found. This statement should answer your

aim.

References: Not included in word count

Reference List goes BEFORE the Appendix.

 A list of all the sources you used including at least FOUR from the reading list on vUWS.

 Use APA 7 th ed. referencing style. See https://apastyle.apa.org/ for guidance.

All references used.

Also cite the Refugee Action Support

Training Video (see Module 6.3 for

citation)

Appendices: Relevant information not included in the body of your work. Not included in word count

The Appendix must include

 A list of all the responses to Activities in Modules 6.3

 Screen shots of your discussion posts including your contributions AND responses to other student’s

comments, on at least TWO of the following topics

– Attitudes towards refugees in Australia.

– Characteristics of teachers that ’make a difference’ to their students.

– In what ways can teachers be culturally inclusive?

 Optional – Any relevant information (graphs, charts, tables or other data) referred to in your report but

not included in the body of the report, e.g., statistics on refugees in NSW schools.

Compulsory for Appendix-

1.Responses to Activities in Module 6.3

 Part 1- Module 6.3 Activity 1:

 Part 2- Module 6.3 Activity 2:

 Part 3- Module 6.3 Activity 3:

2.Screenshot (s) of Discussion Board

contributions

Table of contents- sets out the sections and subsections of the report and their corresponding page numbers. It should clearly show the structural relationship between

the sections and subsections. A reader looking for specific information should be able to locate the appropriate section easily from the table of contents.

The conventions for sections are as follows:

* Title of first main section (Introduction)

– First subheading

– Second subheading Etc….. Enquiry Based Learning Plan – Optional

This is a planning and reflection task to support you with your research for

Assessment 2: Report on Being an Effective Teacher of Children from Refugee

Backgrounds.

1. Pose real questions Understanding what the question is asking

What do I want to know

about this topic?

What is the main question asking?

Sample answer:

The question is

How can I be an effective teacher of children from refugee

backgrounds?

Deconstruct the question

 What is an effective teacher?

 What is an Effective teacher of refugee children? I.e. what

do refugee students need that I teacher can provide?

 How can I… What do I need to learn/ improve on/change to

become an effective teacher of children from refugee

backgrounds?

What do I already know

about this topic? How

do I know it?

Background knowledge, ideas and assumptions and where did they

come from?

Why do I need to know

about this topic?

What else do I need to know as a future teacher?

How can I find out

about this topic?

Where can I get my information from? Think broadly

2. Find Resources. Searching for relevant information

What kind of resources

might help?

Eg Journal articles, ………

Where do I find them? Reading list, online websites, check the discussion board, other?

How do I know the

information is credible

and valid?

Peer reviewed articles, academic texts, government websites,

educational websites, first-hand accounts

What other information Reference lists within resources

sources might guide me?

3. Interpret

Information.

Using information that is relevant to the question

How is the information I

found relevant to my

questions?

Use found information that addresses your subset of questions

from 1. Pose real questions

How does the

information I found

relate to what else I

know?

What other insights can you use to expand your information?

How have I avoided

subjective responses to

new information?

Can my information be supported by a citation?

Does the information I

found raise further

questions/areas that I

need to research?

What are some unexpected areas that you may need to research?

4. Report Findings. Reporting on information that is relevant to the question

Who is my audience?

Why am I writing a

report?

The report is part of Assessment 2, however, think more broadly.

Why are you writing this report (Hint: Learning outcomes?)?

What are my main

findings (relate to the

main question)?

List the main findings to the main question.

How do my findings

relate to my prior

knowledge, ideas and

assumptions?

How do my findings confirm or disrupt my prior knowledge, ideas

and assumptions.

What other areas need

further investigation?

What else would you like to research at a later date?

How can I use my

findings in different

settings?

You have researched how the question “How can I be an effective

teacher of children from refugee backgrounds?”

In what ways can you use your findings Enquiry Based Learning Plan – Optional

This is a planning and reflection task to support you with your research for

Assessment 2: Report on Being an Effective Teacher of Children from Refugee

Backgrounds.

1. Pose real questions Understanding what the question is asking

What do I want to know

about this topic?

What is the main question asking?

Sample answer:

The question is

How can I be an effective teacher of children from refugee

backgrounds?

Deconstruct the question

 What is an effective teacher?

 What is an Effective teacher of refugee children? I.e. what

do refugee students need that I teacher can provide?

 How can I… What do I need to learn/ improve on/change to

become an effective teacher of children from refugee

backgrounds?

What do I already know

about this topic? How

do I know it?

Background knowledge, ideas and assumptions and where did they

come from?

Why do I need to know

about this topic?

What else do I need to know as a future teacher?

How can I find out

about this topic?

Where can I get my information from? Think broadly

2. Find Resources. Searching for relevant information

What kind of resources

might help?

Eg Journal articles, ………

Where do I find them? Reading list, online websites, check the discussion board, other?

How do I know the

information is credible

and valid?

Peer reviewed articles, academic texts, government websites,

educational websites, first-hand accounts

What other information Reference lists within resources

sources might guide me?

3. Interpret

Information.

Using information that is relevant to the question

How is the information I

found relevant to my

questions?

Use found information that addresses your subset of questions

from 1. Pose real questions

How does the

information I found

relate to what else I

know?

What other insights can you use to expand your information?

How have I avoided

subjective responses to

new information?

Can my information be supported by a citation?

Does the information I

found raise further

questions/areas that I

need to research?

What are some unexpected areas that you may need to research?

4. Report Findings. Reporting on information that is relevant to the question

Who is my audience?

Why am I writing a

report?

The report is part of Assessment 2, however, think more broadly.

Why are you writing this report (Hint: Learning outcomes?)?

What are my main

findings (relate to the

main question)?

List the main findings to the main question.

How do my findings

relate to my prior

knowledge, ideas and

assumptions?

How do my findings confirm or disrupt my prior knowledge, ideas

and assumptions.

What other areas need

further investigation?

What else would you like to research at a later date?

How can I use my

findings in different

settings?

You have researched how the question “How can I be an effective

teacher of children from refugee backgrounds?”

In what ways can you use your findings

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