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Exploring the Narratives and Agency of Children with Migrant Backgrounds within Schools
Researching Hybrid Integration

Edited By

Claudio Baraldi

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ISBN 9781032377810
July 14, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

This edited volume presents the results of a European research project – ‘CHILD-UP’ (Children Hybrid Integration: Learning Dialogue as a way of Upgrading Policies of Participation), which supports the hybrid integration of children with migration backgrounds into schools across Europe.

Using qualitative data and theoretical foundations obtained through interviews and focus groups, the book ultimately centres the perspectives and experiences of both the children and the professionals working with them. In doing so, it explores the complex position migrant children occupy in host societies, their exercise of agency, challenges and inspirational local practices that support hybrid integration and innovative educational planning. It also analyses the facilitation of conversations concerning children’s personal experiences and social relations, second language learning and language mediation, based on video and audio recordings of school activities.

The book will be of relevance to researchers, academics, scholars, and faculty in the fields of sociology of education, child development, migration and multicultural studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Claudio Baraldi  2. The conceptual framework Claudio Baraldi  3. The complex position of migrant children in European legislation and education Shannon Damery, Ester Di Napoli, Erica Righard, Magdalena Slusarczyk  4. It takes a village to enable participation and integration. Examining the meaning of social relationships from different perspectives Lena Fortsch, Chiara Ballestri, Federico Farini, Anne Harju, Krystyna Slany, Magdalena Ślusarczyk, Tiina Hautamäki, Henna Jousmäki, Margund Rohr  5. Gendered practices at school: the experiences of migrant children and professionals’ practices and views Marta Warat, Anna Ratecka, Margund Rohr, Justyna Struzik, Paulina Szydłowska-Klakla, Thomas Drossler, Lena Foertsch  6. Participation and hybrid integration in primary and secondary schools Federico Farini, Sara Amadasi, Jane Murray, Angela Scollan, Magdalena Slusarczyk  7. Participation and hybrid integration in nursery schools Thomas Drössler, Chiara Ballestri, Lena Foertsch, Margund Rohr, Angela Scollan  8. Using second language teaching and learning Erica Righard, Sara Amadasi, Petra Svensson Källberg, Shannon Damery, Thomas Drössler, Krystyna Slany  9. Language mediation in schools: the case of parent-teacher meetings Claudio Baraldi, Laura Gavioli  10. Conclusions Claudio Baraldi

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Claudio Baraldi is Professor of Sociology of Cultural and Communicative, Department of Studies on Language and Culture, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy.


'This book emerges from a European project focusing on migrant children’s engagement with and integration in a host country’s school system, and the impact this integration has on peers, teachers and parents. The Child Up project highlights the educational agency of children, with a particular focus on relations that migrant children have with peers and teachers. Drawing on survey, interview and video data from nursery, primary and secondary schools in seven European countries, a rich body of data extend and refine key concepts within the fields of childhood and migration studies. Baraldi’s book is brimming with insights and challenges on the school's monopoly of epistemic authority, the tension between hybrid and monolingual integration and the facilitation of children’s agency. This book deserves to be read by academics, policy makers and educational professionals working with child migrants and their schooling.'

- Michael Wyness, University of Warwick

'This truly ground breaking volume brings us the entirely new concept of hybrid integration. It solves the conundrum of how to integrate with new realities without losing cultural identity and celebrates the natural hybridity we all posses as a basic resource for travel. It is demonstrated by detailed research from a pan-European project. While the focus here is children with migration background and their families, plus recommendations for improved professional practice, it relates to all of us everywhere. It is of core relevance to migration, intercultural and postcolonial studies. We must thank Claudio Baraldi for bringing these new ideas to us.'

- Adrian Holliday, Canterbury Christ Church University

'Exploring the Narratives and Agency of Children with Migrant Backgrounds within Schools is a welcome resource for practitioners concerned with concrete pedagogical approaches for working with children and families in ways that directly support children’s agency and engagement. Focus is consistently placed on the children's own perspectives, and how interaction in the classroom can support the development of children's voice and expression. The book additionally provides valuable evidence-based recommendations and insights for policy-makers at both local and national levels. It is particularly welcome at a time characterised by polarisation and extremist positions, where cultural diversity is no longer appreciated as the foundation of democratic, open and dynamic societies. Contributors approach these key issues in a nuanced and sensitive manner, bringing together perspectives and expertise from a wide range of research fields, to highlight the most important learnings from studies undertaken in multiple contexts across Europe.'

- Helen Avery, Lund University