ERIC Number: ED359102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Immigrant Students in Sweden: A Comparative Study between Different Immigrant Groups and a Sample of Swedish Students. Educational and Psychological Interactions No. 109.
A study sought information about the success of the Swedish 9-year compulsory comprehensive school for students with home language other than Swedish. Immigrant adolescents and a sample of Swedish students answered a questionnaire discussing their lines of study after comprehensive school and the students' views on the home language instruction and instruction in Swedish as a second language. The size of some of the immigrant groups was large enough to enable a comparison between language groups. One objective was to examine the development of the immigrant students overall and seek potential causal relationships between certain background factors, the children's home environment, language usage, home language instruction, and study success. The results presented rather small differences between immigrant students and a sample of Swedish students. The most important prerequisite for school success was proficiency in Swedish. Immigrant students with a sufficiently good command of Swedish managed on average as well as Swedish students, in some language groups even better. Without a sufficient proficiency in Swedish, the chances were small that the students completed an upper secondary education. This applied especially to students who had immigrated during grades seven through nine, i.e., at the senior level of comprehensive school. Forty-seven tables and five diagrams are included; contains 29 references. (SG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lund Univ. (Sweden). Malmo School of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Sweden