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Youth in Education
The necessity of valuing ethnocultural diversity

ISBN 9780815359852
Published December 21, 2017 by Routledge
282 Pages

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Book Description

Youth in Education explores the multiple, interrelated social contexts that young people inhabit and navigate, and how educational institutions cope with increasing ethnic, cultural and ideological diversity. Schools, families and communities represent important settings in which young people must make successful transitions to adulthood, and the classroom often becomes a battleground in which these contexts and values interact.

With contributions from the UK, Belgium, Germany and Canada, the chapters in this book explore rich examples from Europe and North America to suggest strategies that can help to counter negative perceptions, processes of stigmatization and disengagement, instead prioritising peer support and cooperative learning to give pupils a renewed sense of worth.

This book takes the growing ethno-cultural diversity in education systems to heart and studies the various related educational processes from a multidisciplinary and multi-method approach. It aims to offer more insight into underlying mechanisms that are often implicit, but can be important factors that positively or negatively influence educational trajectories and outcomes. It is essential reading for researchers, academics and postgraduate students in the fields of education, sociology, higher education, policy and politics, and social and cultural geography.

Table of Contents



Noel Clycq & Christiane Timmerman


Section 1 – Values, Relationships and Institutions in a Context of Diversity

Chapter 1 The Influence of Socio-economic Change and Culture on Intergenerational Relations

Gisela Trommsdorff

Chapter 2 Horizontal Transmission of Value Orientations in Adolescence

Klaus Boehnke and David Schiefer

Chapter 3 Educational Structures and the Curriculum: Reproducing or Transforming Ethnic Boundaries?

Marie Mc Andrew


Section 2 – Educational Pathways

Chapter 4 Does Congruence between the School and the Home/community Environment Make a Difference?

Christiane Timmerman, Noel Clycq, Kenneth Hemmerechts & Johan Wets

Chapter 5 The Quebec Youth of Immigrant Origin in Secondary Education: Educational Pathways and the Factors Influencing Graduation

Jacques Ledent & Marie McAndrew

Chapter 6 Culture, Narratives and Upward Educational Mobility

Nicolas Legewie


Section 3 – Peers, Family and Community

Chapter 7 Parents and Schools and Diversity: Challenges and Opportunities for Parental Involvement in a Changing, Global Context

Gill Crozier

Chapter 8 Aspirations Disclosed: The Case of Turkish-Belgian Parents in Brussels

Fatma Zehra Çolak

Chapter 9 The Polish Community School in Flanders: Bridging the Gap between School and Home Environment

Edith Piqueray, Noel Clycq & Christiane Timmerman


Section 4 – Social, Systemic and School Dynamics

Chapter 10 Aspirations and Stigmatization as Factors of School Success

Noel Clycq, Ward Nouwen & Marjolein Braspenningx

Chapter 11 Partnership between Schools and Immigrant Families and Communities

Geneviève Audet, Marie McAndrew & Michèle Vatz Laaroussi

Chapter 12 Re-Thinking Values and Schooling in White Working-Class Neighbourhoods

Ruth Lupton

Chapter 13 Conclusion – Major Contributions of the Book and the Complementarity of Its Chapters: A Critical Reflection

Alhassane Balde & Marie Mc Andrew

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Christiane Timmerman is Research Professor and Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Migration and Intercultural Studies, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Noel Clycq is Professor in a chair on European Values and a CeMIS Postdoctoral Researcher and Academic Coordinator within the EU-FP7-project 'Reducing Early School Leaving in Europe', University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Marie Mc Andrew is Professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations and Director of the Research Group on Immigration, Equity and Schooling (GRIES) at the University of Montreal, Canada.

Alhassane Balde is Lecturer in the Department of Education and Specialized Training, University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada.

Luc Braeckmans is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Antwerp, and Director of Academic Affairs of the University Centre Saint Ignatius Antwerp, Belgium.

Sara Mels is Project Co-ordinator at the University Centre Saint Ignatius Antwerp, Belgium.