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Children, Youth and Community Relations Project by bsj14523


									 Children, Youth
and Community
Relations Project

Prof. Robbie Gilligan
Philip Curry
Sinead Shannon
Lindsey Garratt
Jennifer Scholtz

 The project consists of a number of strands
  all focusing on how children and young
  people from different cultural backgrounds
  relate to one another.

 The project began in a limited fashion in
  April 2007 and begins in earnest in the
  coming months.
Today’s presentation
1. Our plans for intensive case study research in
   primary schools in Inner-City Dublin

2. Some results from an exploratory study on how
   schools approach the issue of integrating
   children from different cultural backgrounds

3. Some results from a survey of all primary
   schools in inner-city Dublin
1. Intensive case studies
 Begins with case studies of inter-cultural
  interaction at 2 primary schools in Inner-city

 Later it is hoped to look at secondary schools and
  at sites in the greater Dublin area and beyond.

 These case studies are longitudinal and will follow
  the same group of children over at least a three
  year period.
 The plan is to work intensively in
  each case study site – target is
  set at two whole days a week.

 In each school one class – children aged 8
  to 9 at the beginning of the study – will be
  the main focus of the research.
 Incidental observation will also take place
  generally around the school.
 All research will be approved by Ethics
  Committee of the School of Social Work and
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 In each case study site the aim
  is to answer the questions:

  – What is the character of relations between
    children of different cultural backgrounds?
  – What significant trends occur over study period?
  – What may account for variation in relations or
    trends across sites?
  – What are significant national or more local
    contextual influences?

  2. Schools dealing with
ethnic and cultural diversity
 Recently completed research in primary
  schools in areas of high immigration density
 Qualitative interviews carried out with
  fourteen teachers in nine schools located in
  the inner-city and West Dublin
 Aim of the research was to explore with the
  teachers how their schools have responded
  to the growth in cultural and ethnic diversity.
   2. Schools dealing with
ethnic and cultural diversity
 Specifically looking at the range of initiatives
  and policies that promote integration
  between children from different
 Wide range of activities and initiatives many
  based on intercultural approaches.
 Aims are to recognise and learn about other
  cultures and to teach children to appreciate
2. Schools dealing with ethnic
      and cultural diversity
Examples include;
 Multilingual Christmas card,
 Display of ‘welcome’ signs in different languages
  or flags of different countries
 Celebration of national days,
 Cookery demonstrations, costume displays
 Intercultural days or projects
 Anti-racism world cup, anti-racism programme

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    2. Schools dealing with
ethnic and cultural diversity
Intercultural week
Children’s activities;
 Flag Ceremony, Food Tasting, Project Work/Displays,
 Traditional Irish Musicians, African Dance Group, Salsa Dancing
  lesson, Concert by the Garda Band, Music Workshops
 Story Teller, Drama, Dress up days,

Parental involvement;
 Community Coffee Morning
 Visit from the Malaysian Embassy organised by parents
 Indian parents dressing teachers in saris
 Parent hosting question and answer session about Nigeria
 Mother giving a demonstration of how to put on a Sikh headdress
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  2. Schools dealing with
ethnic and cultural diversity
Anti Racism events
 ‘World cup’ Soccer tournament
 Anti-racism week
 6-week programme using multicultural
  materials – picture-based identification of
  prejudiced views followed by discussion of
  difference and similarity, discussion on how
  racism is manifested in the community.
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3. Survey of primary
schools (The Nix!)

 In April 2007 we conducted a survey of all
  primary schools in North Inner-city Dublin.

 The aim of this survey was to provide a
  demographic profile of schools in the inner-
  city and to assist us in case study site

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 In the 17 primary schools
  surveyed there were a total of
  842 foreign national pupils.

 This represented 30.3% of the total student

 Foreign national students came from a total of
  46 different countries but the largest groups
  came from Romania (17.6%), Nigeria (14.1%)
  and Poland (10.7%).

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 Schools varied greatly in the
number and percentage of
foreign national students

 Four schools had 50% or more
foreign national pupils.

 Three schools had 5% or less.
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 There is little evidence of clustering of
  particular nationalities in particular

 There were much higher numbers of
  foreign national pupils in lower years in

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                 Percent of foreign national students

Junior infants                 49.7%

Senior infants                 45.5%

1st class                      27.5%

2nd class                      22.7%

3rd class                      18.6%

4th class                      18.3%

5th class                      25.6%

6th class                     14.8%
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 Thus we can reasonably expect a growing
  number of foreign national pupils in inner-
  city schools over the next three years.

 On the basis of this survey we are currently
  agreeing with our advisory group on which
  schools would be best to invite to take part
  in our case study research.

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