Educational participation of young refugees in the context of digitized settings

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This article focuses on the educational participation of young refugees in the context of digitalized settings. Education policies often consider digital media beneficial for the educational participation of disadvantaged groups, or vulnerable groups facing many challenges in education and society, such as young people with a forced migration background. Moreover, digital media are highly relevant in the everyday lives of young refugees. Our 3-5-year (02/2019-07/2022) research project focuses on the trans-organizational orientation occurring in different everyday media-permeated life contexts of young refugees, which includes the formal educational setting of school, the non-formal setting of child and youth welfare, and informal contexts in the everyday life of young refugees. Through combining grounded theory, ethnography, and neo-praxeological methodologies, organizational cross-connections and cross-relations were revealed in practices and arrangements, involving digital artifacts as well as human actors. This article presents methodological insights into distributed educational practices concerning understanding information, acquiring knowledge, and developing agency in which digital media are implicated. Emerging dimensions of educational inequalities within digitalized educational contexts, which became apparent during lockdown periods in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, are discussed.

ZeitschriftInformation Communication and Society
Seiten (von - bis)570-586
Anzahl der Seiten17
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 12.03.2022

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) under grant number 01JD1824A/01 JD1824B. The authors want to thank Antonia Dold, Felix Lemke, Till Mülheims, and Ulla Taha for their excellent work in the project, which helped in developing the findings presented here. Our greatest thank you goes to the young refugees who let us participate in their everyday lives and shared major aspects of their lives, as well as to the institutions and professionals working with them.

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