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Archive for March, 2014

  • North Rhine-Westphalia: More migrant students are completing higher secondary education

    An increasing number of students in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia are successfully completing higher education. In 2012, 44 percent of native students and 35 percent of migrant students completed higher secondary education, allowing them to enter university. Compared to 2005, when percentages lay around 36 and 28 respectively, this a very positive trend. At the same time, fewer students […]
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  • Teacher training programs in the UK discriminate against students of immigrant descent

    An annual statistical report on post-graduate teacher training shows that students with a migration background are much less likely to be accepted as trainee teachers. Only 17 percent of black African and 29 percent of Black Caribbean applicants were successful, compared to a 47 percent acceptance rate of white candidates. In addition, the report demonstrates that numbers of minority applicants […]
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  • In Sweden, class rather than ethnicity determines educational opportunities

    A survey on early school leaving finds that, except for newly arrived migrants, dropout rates are similar between native and migrant students. Social and economic factors, such as coming from a single-parent or low income household, seem to be more important factors in determining school outcomes than being from immigrant descent. Via Sveriges Radio
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  • Sex education in Norway reproduces stereotypes about immigrant communities

    A recent study analyzing school materials and class room interactions found that, especially in sex education classes, immigrant communities are presented as a potential threat to a liberal Norwegian society that values gender equality and homosexuality. Text books reaffirm the idea of a national identity based on liberalism, yet simultaneously create a caricature of the cultural Other, non-Western, non-Norwegian, who allegedly […]
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