Five young Liberians describe their experience of education





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This capstone focuses on the educational backgrounds of Liberian students by asking the question: What educational experiences do Liberian students bring to a suburban Minnesota high school? The key influence to the author was personal experience with this group of new immigrants and refugees as students and members of the community. The literature review addresses several aspects impacting this group of students, including a brief summary of Liberia's history, a description of the Liberian school system, refugee issues, and teaching African refugees in United States classrooms. Qualitative interviews were conducted with five Liberian high school students to obtain information regarding their educational background and current educational experiences. By completing the literature review the author gained helpful background knowledge of this particular immigrant group. By completing the interviews the author highlighted the students as individuals with unique perspectives on their educations.

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