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Children, Youth and Community Relations Project by bsj14523

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									 Children, Youth
and Community
Relations Project




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


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                 Overview
 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.
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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
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1. Intensive case studies
 Begins with case studies of inter-cultural
  interaction at 2 primary schools in Inner-city
  Dublin.

 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.
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 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
  Social Policy at Trinity College.              >6
 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?

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  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.
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   2. Schools dealing with
ethnic and cultural diversity
 Specifically looking at the range of initiatives
  and policies that promote integration
  between children from different
  backgrounds.
 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
  diversity.
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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
  selection.

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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
  population.

 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
attending.


 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
  schools.

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


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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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