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Inclusion, Exclusion and Identities in Education: The Swedish perspective
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2011 (English)In: Hyphenated Selves: Immigrant Identities within Education Contexts / [ed] Saloshna Vandeyar, Amsterdam: Unisa Press/Rozenberg Publishers , 2011, 1, 107-130 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article is concerned with how immigrant students construct their identities, and how they deal with inclusion and exclusion within the Swedish school system. In schools, about 19% of the students are of immigrant background and the language of instruction in schools is usually Swedish. Democracy forms the basis of the national curriculum, which means that no one should be subjected to discrimination at school based on, for example, ethnicity, gender, or religion or other belief. The data are from empirical studies; most of these are ethnographic research projects conducted in Swedish society and schools. For much of the research on identity in Sweden, the results tend to be based on a theoretical perspective of otherness. Another perspective that has been found is that a person develops identity during her/his lifetime. This perspective on identity is more of a global-hyphenated view. The predominant result is that the experiences and knowledge of the students are not taken into account in teaching practice; teachers do appreciate new cultures in terms of food and clothes, and do not accept values other than Swedish ones. The result also shows that students try to integrate and bind all the important parts of their experience together, such as, for example, situations and activities, emotions and languages, much like sewing a patchwork quilt. However, for these students it is hard to access Swedish social communities as well as Swedish norms and values.

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Amsterdam: Unisa Press/Rozenberg Publishers , 2011, 1. 107-130 p.
, Savusa Series
Keyword [en]
Identity, immigrant students, inclusion, exclusion, teaching
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Humanities Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-49985ISBN: 978-1-86888-679-1OAI: diva2:458551
Available from: 2011-11-23 Created: 2011-11-23 Last updated: 2012-01-11Bibliographically approved

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