Harrison James Spratling


Arguably the most important aspect of education for students from refugee backgrounds is literacy, so it is important for educators to be aware of best-practice approaches to literacy education for these students. By analyzing themes of best practice for refugee literacy education found in pre- and post-2011 academic literature, this study aims to detect shifts in what academics deem to be “best practice” in this field over time. The study finds evidence of a general shift towards holistic education as best practice for refugee literacy education; however, specialized intervention has grown in emphasis amongst academics focusing on non-classroom interventions such as mental health support and pre-mainstream literacy courses. This means schools and educators must maintain robust connections with external service providers and continuously improve their own professional practice in line with current best-practice pedagogies.


Refugee education; literacy; best practice; whole-school approach; specialist approach; refugee education; pedagogies; educational chronology

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