Migrant children and school cultures: A suggestion for inclusion Cover Image

Göçmen çocuklar ve okul kültürleri: Bir bütünleştirme önerisi
Migrant children and school cultures: A suggestion for inclusion

Author(s): Halis Sakız
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, State/Government and Education, Social differentiation, Nationalism Studies, Sociology of the arts, business, education, Migration Studies, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Inclusive Education / Inclusion, Sociology of Education
Published by: Transnational Press London
Keywords: Migrant children; inclusive school culture; qualitative research; Turkey;

Summary/Abstract: This article reports on the findings of an empirical research investigating the thoughts, beliefs and attitudes towards the inclusion of migrant children in the South-eastern region of Turkey which is currently exposed to intensive migration waves. Specifically, the article explores the attitudes of school administrators towards the education of migrant children in their schools, the barriers to this education stemming from the school culture and the opportunities in the education system to build inclusive school cultures in which migrant children can feel belonging to. The research employed 18 school administrators, utilized semi-structured interviews to collect qualitative data and analyzed them through thematic analysis. Findings showed that (a) school administrators supported education of migrant children in segregated environments and possessed negative attitudes towards their education in public schools; (b) structural limitations and low social acceptance levels affected the negative attitudes towards the education of migrant children and (c) stakeholders needed to be provided with psycho-social and structural support in order to establish inclusive school cultures.

  • Issue Year: 3/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 65-81
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Turkish