ERIC Number: EJ1169566
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
A Peer-Mentoring Scheme for Immigrant Students in English Secondary Schools: A Support Mechanism for Promoting Inclusion?
Messiou, Kyriaki; Azaola, Marta Cristina
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v22 n2 p142-157 2018
Immigration in Europe has increased rapidly over the last years. As a result, schools are accepting students arriving from other countries at various stages of the school year. This can be a challenging process both for students and for schools. This paper describes the introduction of a peer-mentoring scheme to support immigrant students in three English schools, which took part in a European Union funded project that involved five countries. Data from semi-structured interviews with mentors, mentees and facilitators were analysed and highlighted a number of positive impacts, such as getting support from mentors, making new friends and increased confidence both for mentors and mentees. However, it seems that the way that the programme was implemented in the English schools, focused only on the individual students, rather than having an impact on the whole school. The implications of such an approach in relation to inclusion are discussed.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Peer Teaching, Mentors, Secondary School Students, Immigrants, Inclusion, Semi Structured Interviews, Focus Groups, Educational Benefits, Empathy, English Language Learners, Second Language Instruction, Friendship, Skill Development, Social Support Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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