Workshop Growing Diversity in Student Populations: Theoretical Perspectives, Research and Policy

Title

Growing Diversity in Student Populations: Theoretical Perspectives, Research and Policy

Lecturers

  • Dr. Tracey Burns, OECD, CERI (Centre for educational research and innovation)
  • Prof. dr. Sabine Severiens, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Director RISBO, Research, Training, Consultancy

Abstract

Mainly due to immigration flows in the past decades, schools in urban areas have seen their student population change rapidly in terms of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. This workshop will start with a short overview of 1) recent demographic changes in student populations internationally, and 2) the differences in study success between groups of students from different backgrounds.

The main topic in this workshop will be what these changes and differences mean for schools, teachers and teacher training. Firstly, the topic will be discussed from a theoretical perspective. Acculturation theories will be discussed as well as educational theories that attempt to explain study success in the so-called under-served groups of students. The second perspective will discuss effectiveness of policy measures: the recent OECD work on preparing teachers for classroom diversity will serve as a starting point here. Students are challenged to:

  • think of how diversity issues might play a role in their research question
  • link their research to policy and impact measures. What counts as success, and how would you measure it?

The assignments will include a review: From a list of key publications, participants choose one and prepare a review that they present during the workshop

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