Mehmet Day: Combining cultural identities || Linking research and practice
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In this episode, we talked to Mehmet Day who is a researcher at the Verwey-Jonker Institute and a Ph.D. student at Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands). Our main topics are combining multiple cultural identities and how educational research and practice can benefit from one another.

PAST (00:02:00): Mehmet tells us about his own experiences, about being the first researcher in his family and about struggling to find academic role models.
PRESENT (00:11:54): We discuss the article by Stuart & Ward (2011) about different strategies for balancing and negotiating multiple cultural identities, with the example of Muslim youth in New Zealand and their experiences.
FUTURE (00:26:22): Mehmet talks about the importance of moving beyond the dual identity framework and of doing research that is informed and guided by questions from educational practice.

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We want to thank Minor Revisions for the music, Lotte Gottschewski-Kooijman for the logo design, Max Kersten for post production, and zeythehuman for their artwork. Stay tuned and talk soon!   

Full reference of this episode’s article:

Stuart, J., & Ward, C. (2011). A Question of Balance: Exploring the Acculturation, Integration and Adaptation of Muslim Immigrant Youth. Psychosocial Intervention, 20(3), 255–267.

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