Abstracts, presentation slides and Zoom recordings

Below are the abstracts for the presentations of speakers of the Teaching that Matters for Migrant Students seminar.

1. Helen Packwood (Scotland)

This talk sets out to provide a brief overview of recent demographic trends in Scotland, focussing specifically on the changing context in Scottish schools. The presentation will also report findings from a recent study on the experiences and outcomes of young migrants at the end of compulsory education. The research is based on empirical evidence gathered in Scottish schools (n=95 in-depth interviews) as well as statistical analysis of the national trends using administrative data. This longitudinal, mixed methods study sheds light on how migrant background, socio-economic disadvantage and geographical location can intersect to create distinct pathways for school leavers. The session will highlight some key findings from the research and allow time for discussion of research, policy and practice in this area.

Zoom recording

Presentation slides – Teaching that matters for migrant students: Understanding levers of integration in Scotland

2. Mirja Tarnanen and Eveliina Manninen (Finland) – Migrant Education in Finland

In our talk, we shed light on Finnish comprehensive schools as an arena for integration of students with a migrant background. Recent global changes(migration, mobility, transnationalism, amongst others) have led to increasing diversification in Finland, including schools, even though the number of migrants is small compared to many other European countries, currently about 8 % of the population has a foreign background (Statistics Finland 2019). Russian-speaking immigrants make up the largest immigrant group, followed by those speaking Estonian, Arabic, English and Somali (Statistics Finland, 2020).

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Presentation slides – Migrant education in Finland

3. Nihad Bunar (Sweden)

In this short presentation I intend to briefly describe some aspects of organizational and pedagogical structures of opportunity recently implemented in Swedish elementary schools (aged 7-15) to support newly arrived students. Additionally, some of challenges and obstacles will be discussed as well.

Zoom recording

Presentation slides – Education of refugee and asylum-seeking students in Sweden

Question and answer session

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