ERIC Number: ED374915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Les enfants de l'immigration a l'ecole (Immigrant Children at School).
This booklet examines issues of multilingualism and cultural pluralism in French-speaking Switzerland, particularly as they relate to children of refugees and undocumented aliens. Chapter 1 focuses on past and current migratory waves, examining causes of Swiss emigration during the 19th century and more recent waves of immigration into Switzerland. Chapter 2 offers immigration figures, indicating that around 10,000 immigrant children arrive each year in Switzerland, representing approximately one-sixth of the country's school children. Chapter 3 provides an analysis for each French-speaking canton and for the structures used to integrate immigrant children into the classroom. The cantons either place the children immediately into age-appropriate classrooms of public schools or into separate reception classes. Chapter 4 examines the statutory obligations of the cantons to provide education for children of both undocumented immigrants and refugees. In chapter 5, intercultural training for teaching professionals is discussed. Chapter 6 describes the courses in students' native languages and cultures organized by the several countries of origin, tracing changes in objectives and pedagogies of these programs since the 1970s. Chapter 7 focuses on the role played by language instruction in the creation of a tolerant, nonracist pluralistic society. Contains 35 references. (AC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Acculturation, Cultural Pluralism, Federal Legislation, Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Language Maintenance, Migration, Multicultural Education, Public Education, Refugees, Student School Relationship, Undocumented Immigrants
Institut Romand de Recherches et de Documentation Pedagogiques, Secteur Documentation, Fbg de l'Hopital 45, Case postale 54, CH-2007, Neuchatel 7, Switzerland (10 Swiss Francs plus postage).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: French Inst. for Research and Educational Documentation, Neuchatel (Switzerland).
Identifiers - Location: Switzerland