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Title: Belgian School Engaging with Cultural Diversity
Other Titles: A Neo-institutional Perspective
Authors: MAMPAEY, Jelle
ZANONI, Patrizia
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: ESPANET: the future of the welfare state, Urbino 17-19 September 2009.
Abstract: Using organizational neo-institutionalism as a framework, our theoretical study argues that the existing literature on immigrants’ educational failure has to be expanded by examining school’s key role. Dominant explanations of immigrants’ educational failure focus on their lack of resources (“deficit” explanations) or on the selectivity of national educational systems favouring (higher class) majority students. In our approach, we argue that, even in institutional environments discouraging ethnic minority students’ inclusion, schools, as agents, maintain leeway in shaping their policies and practices towards multicultural student populations. We conclude the paper by presenting the research design for our empirical study and presenting the Flemish educational system on which it will focus.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/10826
Category: C2
Type: Conference Material
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