Romanian Pupils at the Spanish Primary Schools: Continuities and Discontinuities Between Former and Current Educational Experiences

Georgeta Ion*

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During the last few years, East-Europeans, predominantly Romanians, have become the second largest cultural minority in Catalonia (Spain). Spanish educational institutions now have students from more than twenty different cultures. This paper focuses on the educational background and the factors which characterize the educational experience of Romanian students prior to attending schools in Spain, and how this affects their experiences into Catalonian primary schools. Twenty seven interviews were undertaken, of Catalonian and Romanian teachers, of experts and parents from the host primary schools where the proportion of Romanian students was highest. Two focus-group sessions were carried out with school teachers from Romania. The analysis shows that there is some consistency between educational practices and values in Romania and the practices and values of the host schools. The ability of children to assimilate into the host school is directly influenced by their previous experience in the schools in their country of origin. (Contains 6 tables.)
Idioma originalEnglish
Pàgines (de-a)193-210
Nombre de pàgines18
RevistaInternational Journal of Instruction
Volum4
Número2
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 1 de jul. 2011

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