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How critical thinking, multicultural education and teacher qualification affect anti-immigrant attitudes
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3349-5778
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2018 (English)In: International Studies in Sociology of Education, ISSN 0962-0214, E-ISSN 1747-5066, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 42-59Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous studies identify a relationship between education and anti-immigrant attitudes. There is, however, uncertainty regarding the underlying explanations linking education to attitudes. In this article, we examine whether a relationship exists between exposure to teaching about critical thinking as well as multiculturalism (measured as religions/cultures as well as xenophobia/racism), and anti-immigrant attitudes among adolescents. In addition, we examine whether teacher qualification matters for attitudes. The analysis is based on survey data collected from high school students in Sweden. The results show an association between exposure to teaching about critical thinking as well as multiculturalism (both indicators) and anti-immigrant attitudes among students, i.e. higher exposure is related to lower levels of anti-immigrant attitudes. However, we find that teaching about xenophobia/racism affects attitudes, but not when simultaneously controlling for teaching about critical thinking and religions/cultures. In terms of teacher qualification, we find that students in schools with a high proportion of certified teachers tend to have lower levels of anti-immigrant attitudes.

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Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, 2018. Vol. 27, no 1, p. 42-59
Keywords [en]
anti-immigrant attitudes, education, critical thinking, multicultural education, teacher qualification, Sweden
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-145047DOI: 10.1080/09620214.2018.1425895ISI: 000428517200004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-145047DiVA, id: diva2:1183731
Available from: 2018-02-19 Created: 2018-02-19 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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Hjerm, MikaelJohansson Sevä, IngemarWerner, Lena

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