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Impact of COVID-19 on refugee-background students during school shut down in Australia: a call for action


Mudwari, N and Cuskelly, M and Murphy, C and Beasy, K and Aryal, N, Impact of COVID-19 on refugee-background students during school shut down in Australia: a call for action, Teachers and Curriculum, 21, (1) pp. 71-76. ISSN 2382-0349 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.15663/tandc.v21i1.356


The majority of schools across Australia rapidly implemented online education during the first wave of COVID-19 restrictions. The school closure disproportionately affected the routines and socialisation of vulnerable students, including those with a refugee background. Refugee-background students have been impacted by COVID-19 as school closures interrupted face-to-face education, including English language and tutorial support and counselling services. School shutdown also impeded refugee background studentsí activities outside the home, which could render adverse effects on their physical, mental and social wellbeing. Holistic efforts are urgently needed in Australia to support refugee background students in order to prevent further learning loss and promote health and wellbeing.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:COVID-19; refugee-background students; education loss; physical; mental and social wellbeing; Australia.
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Inclusive education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Inclusive education
UTAS Author:Mudwari, N (Mr Nabaraj Mudwari)
UTAS Author:Cuskelly, M (Professor Monica Cuskelly)
UTAS Author:Murphy, C (Dr Carol Murphy)
UTAS Author:Beasy, K (Dr Kim Beasy)
ID Code:149885
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2022-04-22
Last Modified:2022-05-26
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