Most research on international students’ experiences has focused on tertiary settings and consistently shows that this cohort negotiates significant risks during their time abroad. This paper draws on data from the first year of a three-year Australian Research Council funded study to address the un(der)examined cohort of young people who complete their secondary school education as international students and temporary sojourners in Australia. We analyse the data from the initial interviews undertaken with 60 Year 10 international students during their first year of the senior secondary schooling. Drawing upon the theoretical resources associated with the politics of belonging, we ask if, and in what ways, students felt themselves to be marked as ‘other’ to constructed educational and social norms. We note the significant role that online activity played in helping students deal with feelings of disconnect and exclusion. Copyright © 2021 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
CitationRowan, L., Beavis, C., Tran, L., Blackmore, J., McCandless, T., Hoang, T., . . . Halse, C. (2021). International students in the first years of senior secondary schooling in Australia: Longing for belonging. International Journal of Educational Development, 81. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2020.102347
- Secondary schools
- International students
- Social networks