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Cross-Cultural Schooling Experiences of Arab Newcomer Students

A Journey in Transition Between the East and the West


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Nesreen Elkord
    Pages 1-18
  3. Nesreen Elkord
    Pages 19-27
  4. Nesreen Elkord
    Pages 29-46
  5. Nesreen Elkord
    Pages 47-57
  6. Nesreen Elkord
    Pages 59-70
  7. Nesreen Elkord
    Pages 71-84
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 147-151

About this book


“There are few books that illuminate deeply the value of youth voice during this momentous time in education, with its centrality on Canadian diversity, new immigration, culture, and identity across and betwixt nations. This volume focuses on four Arab newcomer youths and their stories of school and home, from their realities of relocation to their refugee and immigration experiences—all while they navigate their place in the world. The voices, laid out with meticulous accuracy and stylistic prose by the author, capture what is vital for educators of every discipline to hear and know, towards a more open mindset and fresh practice in all schools globally.”
Darlene Ciuffetelli Parker, Professor, Faculty of Education, Brock University, Canada

“Elkord analyses the narratives of a number of students, giving the reader a rare glimpse into the lives of immigrant youths both at school and at home. The reader learns of their challenges, hopes, and fears. The result is a study that would be useful for educators and policy-makers concerned with issues of diversity and inclusiveness in today’s rapidly evolving school environment.”
Tom P. Najem, Professor of Political Science, University of Windsor, Canada

This book presents Arab immigrant youths’ voices through storytelling that reveals the challenges and achievements they experience at school and at home in a Canadian educational context. While Arab immigration to Canada dates back to the late eighteenth century, Canada has witnessed a significant rise in Arab immigration rates over the last twenty-five years, marking the fastest growth among all immigrant groups.These stories highlight the complexity of Arab-Canadian youths’ cross-cultural schooling experiences and provide valuable opportunities for reciprocal learning among all stakeholders in Canadian schools. With an educator’s vision, Elkord foregrounds the tensions between Arab youths’ home and school experiences to help build bridges and make high school less opaque to Arab immigrant students and their parents, while offering insights into multicultural education and resources for teacher education.


Arab-Canadian Students Arab immigrants Refugee students Migration Narrative Inquiry

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of WindsorWindsorCanada

About the authors

Nesreen Elkord is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor and Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada. She is also a member of the Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership and co-chair of its Newcomer Youth Planning Committee.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Cross-Cultural Schooling Experiences of Arab Newcomer Students
  • Book Subtitle A Journey in Transition Between the East and the West
  • Authors Nesreen Elkord
  • Series Title Intercultural Reciprocal Learning in Chinese and Western Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Intercultural Reciprocal Learning in Chinese and Western Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-14419-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-14422-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-14420-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXII, 151
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics International and Comparative Education
    Sociology of Education
    Curriculum Studies
    Asian Culture
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