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Early interventions tackling inequalities experienced by immigrant, low-income, and Roma children in 8 European countries: a critical overview

Authors

AGUIAR Cecilia SILVA Carla S. GUERRA Rita RODRIGUES Ricardo B. RIBEIRO Luisa A. PASTORI Giulia LESEMAN Paul OBROVSKÁ Jana SZABÓ LENHARTOVÁ Zuzana EREKY-STEVENS Katharina OMONIGHO Aghogho THOMSON Bethan TRACZ Rebecca HUMMEL Theresia ANDERS Yvonne WOLF Katrin PANAGIOTIDOU Chrysanthi PAPAGERIDOU Despina GKAINTARTZI Anastasia TSOKALIDOU Petroula TSIOUMIS Konstantinos PETROGIANNIS Konstantinos CESCATO Silvia BE Melissa FRANCOT Ryanne PALCZYNSKA-JANIAK Justyna WICHROWSKA Kamila MARTINS Dulce FERREIRA Ines CAMACHO Ana

Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source EUROPEAN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION RESEARCH JOURNAL
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Citation
Web https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1350293X.2020.1707363
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1350293X.2020.1707363
Keywords Inequalities; early childhood; interventions; language support; Europe; immigrant
Description We analysed effective and promising interventions, within the classroom and school microsystems, aiming to promote equality and belongingness for immigrant, Roma, and low-income children attending early childhood education and care (ECEC) and primary education in eight European countries. Over 500 interventions were identified, and 78 interventions were analysed. We found that while 79% of the interventions provided some type of language support, only 32% considered children's heritage language. Importantly, around 22% of the interventions targeted ECEC settings specifically, with most ECEC interventions implemented at the national level, taking place in the classroom and implemented by classroom teachers, and involving language support and family involvement activities. Language support seems to be widespread, recognising the foundational nature of language for learning, communication, and belongingness. However, comprehensive intercultural policies that explicitly support culture maintenance, communication, and positive contact may be valuable in guiding future developments.
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