Integration through Peers - A Study on the Integration of Migrant Children in School Networks at German Schools

Authors: Miriam Kuckuck*, University Wuppertal
Topics: Geography Education, Migration
Keywords: Migration, Students, Germany, School
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Council Room, Omni, West
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The lecture deals with the integration of migrant children into informal communication networks at schools in Germany. The basic assumption is that these networks can serve as indicators for networking and embedding within the class community and can thus be used to investigate the integration of pupils with a migration background. The data were collected from questionnaires and evaluated with the help of social network analysis. In total, data from more than 1200 students are available. The first results of our network analysis study show that pupils with a migration background are well integrated into the class networks. The study shows that the migration background does not serve as a conclusive feature for the pattern of class networks. The pupils are more or less networked with each other regardless of their migration background, although it turned out that especially children and adolescents born abroad have far less reciprocal relationships than children born in Germany.

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