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Are you ready? - A readiness check of German primary schools for handling integration of refugee children

Hetz, Anna (2016) Are you ready? - A readiness check of German primary schools for handling integration of refugee children.

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Abstract:With the high influx of refugees into Germany, numerous children of mandatory school age enter the German education system. Successful accommodation and teaching is of vast importance for refugee children for it fosters their resilience and integration in the host country’s society. Schools see themselves confronted with challenges related to the pupils’ special needs and backgrounds. This research aims to assess the readiness of four German primary schools to integrate refugee children. Interviews with teachers and principals threw light on the presence and implementation or absence of factors thought to enhance their readiness to integrate. While all schools already had essential structures in place in order to handle refugee children, a general lack of materials, facilities and additional teaching and psychological personnel was observed. The expectation that a school’s share of migrant pupils affects its readiness proved to hold only partially true since additional factors like committed school management, all-day schooling structures and general teacher motivation also tend to influence readiness.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching, 88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70534
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