Reception and schooling of children in schools in Catalonia: Beyond educational welcome facilities

Núria Simó Gil, Jordi Pamies Rovira, Jordi Collet-Sabé, Antoni Tort Bardolet

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The ways of incorporating newcoming students into schools and colleges have been at the center of debate in most OECD countries in recent years. In Spain, the set of measures developed for the reception of immigrant pupils in different Autonomous Communities has also been the subject of specific research, pointing out the similarities and contradictions between pedagogic discourses and school practices. This article takes into account these considerations and presents the reflections from the results of research on the Educational Welcome Facilities (and specifically the EBE) conducted during the school years 2008-2010. This device was created in Catalonia to attend newcomers before enrolling them in the school. It was a pilot project which took place in Vic and Reus for two consecutive years. The research of the EBE has enabled us to explain the relationship between educational assessment that schools made about this facility and reception processes that schools were implementing. The conclusions that emerge from this analysis allowed us to establish relationships between educational host practices of the seven centers analyzed with three different conceptual and educational frameworks of reception.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-194
JournalRevista Complutense de Educacion
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2014


  • Educational Welcome Facility (EBE)
  • Educational host models
  • Immigrant pupils
  • Immigration and school
  • Newly-arrived students


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