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ERIC Number: EJ1004181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0034-5237
Can My Perceptions of the "Other" Change? Challenging Prejudices against Migrants amongst Adolescent Boys in a School for Low Achievers in Malta
Spiteri, Damian
Research in Education, v89 p41-60 May 2013
Change within an educational context can be brought about through various means including changing the curriculum and changing educational policies so as to align them to political agendas. Since the more influential changes tend to be brought about by students directly, however, this places a responsibility on educators to channel that desire for change purposefully. This study focuses on boys who were attending an alternative school for academically poorly achieving students in Malta. They were invited to participate in whole-school interventions which were aimed at heightening their sensitivity to the plight of asylum seekers who were arriving in the country after fleeing from their home-lands in Africa--by inviting the asylum seekers to the school to disclose their experiences. The study is an appraisal of how far such interventions enabled the boys to employ critical thinking and open inquiry so as to develop a more empathic disposition to the asylum seekers. The study also appraises the influence that the interventions employed had on the asylum seekers and on the resulting interactions between all concerned including the teachers and the minor staff who were employed at the school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Malta