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Original article | International Journal of Progressive Education 2021, Vol. 17(2) 210-227

Empowering refugee children with the use of Persona Doll

Dania Al-Jubeh & Magdalını Vıtsou

pp. 210 - 227   |  DOI:   |  Manu. Number: MANU-2008-12-0004

Published online: April 07, 2021  |   Number of Views: 93  |  Number of Download: 410


This study focuses on Arabic-speaking children with a refugee or/and migrant background and its purpose is to explore if and how the Persona Doll method can influence this target group in terms of their attitudes and learning. The present study is a qualitative research in the form of action research. On the basis of data collection through participant observation, interviews and identity texts, a Persona Doll was designed that mirrored specific characteristics of the participant children and shared stories that reflected their personal experiences. The designed sessions with the Persona Doll were based on Brown’s methodology and were implemented in a non-formal education setting. In this paper, a detailed description is provided and after content analysis, the major findings are presented. Specifically, it was demonstrated that the Persona Doll generated positive attitudes, contributed to language education and empowered bicultural identity.

Keywords: Persona Doll Method, Children of Migrant or Refugee Origin, Arabic-Speakers, Identity Affirmation, Language Education

How to Cite this Article?

APA 6th edition
Al-Jubeh, D. & Vitsou, M. (2021). Empowering refugee children with the use of Persona Doll . International Journal of Progressive Education, 17(2), 210-227. doi: 10.29329/ijpe.2021.332.13

Al-Jubeh, D. and Vitsou, M. (2021). Empowering refugee children with the use of Persona Doll . International Journal of Progressive Education, 17(2), pp. 210-227.

Chicago 16th edition
Al-Jubeh, Dania and Magdalini Vitsou (2021). "Empowering refugee children with the use of Persona Doll ". International Journal of Progressive Education 17 (2):210-227. doi:10.29329/ijpe.2021.332.13.

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