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Educating the old and newcomers: Perspectives of teachers on teaching in multicultural schools in Sweden
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication, Educational Sciences and Mathematics. (SILU)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0713-0946
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication, Educational Sciences and Mathematics. (SILU)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4062-1421
Mälardalen University. (SILU)
2016 (English)In: Multicultural Education Review, ISSN 2005-615X, Vol. 8, no 3, 176-194 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study focuses on teachers in schools with large numbers of new arrival immigrant pupils in a provincial school district in mid-Sweden. Drawing from focus group interviews and examples from the teachers’ lessons, we examined the views of the teachers regarding the challenges experienced in responding to the pedagogical needs of new arrival pupils in culturally and linguistically heterogeneous classrooms. The findings reveal the structural and organisational problems at the city council and at the school and classroom levels as the major challenges. These include the pressure to create inclusive and safe classrooms for diverse cultural and linguistic pupils in an atmosphere where there is limited resources and emphasis on standardised assessment and teaching for tests within a prescribed curriculum However, the teachers’ pedagogical practices demonstrate attempts at intercultural teaching that build on the pupils cultural and linguistic experiences and compares well with principles of cultural responsive pedagogy.

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2016. Vol. 8, no 3, 176-194 p.
Keyword [en]
newcomer; immigrant pupils; intercultural education; multicultural school
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-32225DOI: 10.1080/2005615X.2016.1184021ISI: 000407457400003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84975503781OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-32225DiVA: diva2:943342
Available from: 2016-06-27 Created: 2016-06-27 Last updated: 2017-08-31Bibliographically approved

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