Communicating attitudes: Ghanaian children's expectations and experiences of Italian educational institutions

Fassetta, G. (2015) Communicating attitudes: Ghanaian children's expectations and experiences of Italian educational institutions. Childhood, 22(1), pp. 23-38. (doi:10.1177/0907568213512691)

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Abstract

When facing the prospect of moving to a new country to join their migrant parents, children’s expectations and imaginings revolve around entering a new school environment. While prospective young migrants show awareness of the challenges that learning a language may entail, the possibility of facing discrimination is seldom entertained. However, children who have recently moved relate that episodes of discrimination and even racism within the school walls are not rare, nor are they confined to other pupils. This article highlights the importance of non-verbal communication in shaping young migrants’ perceptions, and argues that children’s outward adaptation to school demands may mask sustained feelings of marginalisation and exclusion.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fassetta, Dr Giovanna
Authors: Fassetta, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Creativity Culture and Faith
Journal Name:Childhood
Publisher:Sage
ISSN:0907-5682
ISSN (Online):1461-7013

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