Intercultural policies and the contradictory views of teachers: the Roma in Catalonian schools

Bálint Ábel Bereményi

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Abstract

In this article, we examine the contradictions and lack of consistency between various levels of discourse relating to Roma educational policies. Policy-makers have claimed that political interventions would positively impact the progress of Roma. However, the results have been mixed. We argue here that teachers need to re-evaluate their roles as politically aware and culturally informed agents in order to guarantee social justice to a historically disadvantaged ethnic minority. Based on ethnographical fieldwork carried out over a two-year period with Spanish Roma children, both in schools and in their families, this study shows how intercultural policies have failed to impact the educational realities of Roma children. © 2011 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-369
JournalIntercultural Education
Volume22
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011

Keywords

  • caring theory
  • Gitano
  • minority school performance
  • Roma
  • subtractive cultural assimilation
  • teacher discourses

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