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ERIC Number: EJ1089241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1554-480X
Encountering Migration: English Primary School Teachers' Responses to Polish Children
Flynn, Naomi
Pedagogies: An International Journal, v8 n4 p336-351 2013
Schools in England have recently undergone a shift in their pupil demographic, which in part reflects changing patterns of trans-European migration since the accession of new member states to the EU in 2004 and 2007. There is evidence that this shift is one experienced not just in inner-city schools most commonly associated with minority ethnic populations, but in a wide range of schools in rural and smaller town settings in a number of counties across the country. This article explores the responses of English primary school teachers to Polish children arriving since 2006 in a county in the South of England. Using Bourdieu's logic of practice, interview data are analysed to examine attitudes towards Polish children and their families. Discussion centres on how teachers' professional habitus may unconsciously govern their reception of children from Poland and on how the teacher-friendly behaviour of Polish children and families may support a generalized construction of the Polish model learner.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Poland; United Kingdom (England)
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