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A multi-perspective study: an analysis and discovery of the shaping forces of European Roma children's integration in the Welsh educational system

By Avegayle Terrado

Abstract

This thesis is divided into two parts. Part I consists of a discussion regarding the multicultural landscape of the UK which considers the current literature on the Gypsy Roma and Traveller (GRT) community. The needs of each group are reviewed with respect to the literature that has been conducted. Within the review, it is apparent that academic papers for the GRT community are limited, particularly with respect to the Roma population's experiences in education in the UK. Specific research questions are posed to explore an under researched area. Part II of the thesis is the empirical study which aimed to explore the research questions posed in Part I. This section provides an overview of the literature (contained in Part I); the epistemological position of the research and its design; the methodology and procedure employed; an analysis of the findings; a discussion of the study; and lastly considerations for the application to the Educational Psychology profession and for future research. The findings revealed a number of shared themes which are inter-related in the educational and social-context: opportunity and prospects, social support, past experiences, acculturation/adaptation and practice in schools. The findings uncover an insight into the experiences of Roma children in education in an urban area of Wales which are largely positive. There is scope for some adjustments in the social and school context, which are discussed in light of the accounts shared

Topics: BF Psychology, LB Theory and practice of education
Year: 2014
OAI identifier: oai:http://orca.cf.ac.uk:66460
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