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ERIC Number: EJ741910
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0261-9768
How to Improve the Inclusive Orientation of Slovenian Primary School--The Case of Romani and Migrant Children from Former Yugoslavia
Lesar, Irena; Cuk, Ivan; Pecek, Mojca
European Journal of Teacher Education, v29 n3 p387-399 Aug 2006
The purpose of this article is to answer the question of how teachers could better understand and respond to differences among their pupils. It is based on the authors' belief that inclusively oriented schooling is the most efficient tool in the fight against discrimination and in providing education for all. We can examine how these ideas are put into practice in the Slovenian school system by analysing its formal apparatus and the attitudes held by teachers in Slovenia. We researched their attitudes by conducting empirical research with a representative sample of primary school teachers in Slovenia. Our analysis shows that both the formal apparatus and the teachers treat children from ethnic minority groups in an assimilative rather than inclusive way. To promote the idea of inclusion in the Slovenian school system it is necessary to introduce changes in the culture, politics and our daily practice. The key role in the development of inclusively oriented schools should be played by teachers. Hence, it will be necessary in the future to pay more attention in teacher education in Slovenia, to building their awareness about the key role they have in realising the objectives of the school system, to making them more sensitive to the real problems their pupils have, and especially to encourage them to commit to multicultural education. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Slovenia; Yugoslavia