4 Complex transitions
In Section 1 you were introduced to Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems model (1979), which illustrates that some children, for example those from refugee families, can encounter significant changes in dominant values, beliefs and customs at a macrosystem level. Such children can experience cultural and linguistic shifts as well as the usual challenges of transition experienced by all children.
Children engaged in transitions that involve significant cross-cultural meaning making, may vary their levels of participation over long periods of time as they settle, often with the support of a long-term listening partner. Building a relationship based on listening and trust can provide children with a point of contact where they can share their perspectives and make meaning about their transition experiences