Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education

First Advisor

Patricia C. Kornelis


This action research project explored the impact of formational learning experiences with refugees on student attitudes. One grade five class from an independent school in British Columbia interacted with, learned the stories from, and built relationships with refugees. All students in the class completed the same survey both prior to beginning the unit and after the unit was concluded about their attitudes toward both immigrants and refugees. Following the formational learning experiences with refugees, eight students participated in interviews where they responded to questions about how their own attitudes and understandings changed over the course of the unit. The results of the survey and interviews showed a change in attitude regarding refugees. The findings of the study suggest formational learning experiences positively impact students’ attitudes towards refugees by increasing their understanding of the diverse stories of people in our world and thus motivating students to care for refugees.


Action Research Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education