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The Challenge of Returning Home: The Role of School and Teachers in the Wellbeing of Finnish War Children, ‘Finnebørn’, during and after World War II
Copenhagen, Denmark.
Faculty of Education, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland.
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3444-952X
2018 (English)In: Paedagogica historica, ISSN 0030-9230, E-ISSN 1477-674X, Vol. 54, no 6, p. 736-749Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The purpose of this article is to clarify what kind of role schools and teachers played in the well-being of Finnish war children during and after the Second World War. The study focuses on the children who were evacuated to Denmark, also known as Finnebørn, and their experiences and memories as war children in Denmark and returning evacuees back home in Finland. All together, 11 former Finnebørn were interviewed for the research. The interview data was supported by other primary sources such as published and unpublished written material and newspaper articles. This article explores the roles schools and teachers played in the lives of the evacuee children; what kind of influence an individual teacher had on Finnebørn’s resilience processes; and finally, how schooling effected children’s well-being. According to our data, going to school played an important role in Finnebørn’s lives. In Denmark, the children’s integration to their new home country was facilitated by supportive and understanding teachers. Escaping the wars, and learning a new language did, however, affect the children’s return to Finland. Having lost their first language, the re-integration into the Finnish society could prove a challenge, to which the Finnish schools and teachers were not prepared for.

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Routledge, 2018. Vol. 54, no 6, p. 736-749
Keywords [en]
War children, children transports, resilience, schooling, teachers, Second World War
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Pedagogy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71065DOI: 10.1080/00309230.2018.1521449ISI: 000455968100005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85054818884OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-71065DiVA, id: diva2:1274619
Available from: 2019-01-02 Created: 2019-01-02 Last updated: 2019-02-04Bibliographically approved

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