ERIC Number: EJ992986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Culture and the School: The Degree of Educational Integration of Roma and Gypsies in the Peloponnese Region of Greece
Kiprianos, Pandelis; Daskalaki, Ivi; Stamelos, Georgios B.
International Review of Education, v58 n5 p675-699 Oct 2012
This article examines the degree of integration of Roma and Gypsy children in formal education in the Peloponnese region of Greece. It is based on field research conducted by the University of Patras during the school year 2006/07 within the framework of the Greek Ministry of Education's "Integration of Roma children in school" programme, funded by the European Union. Despite governmental incentives for poor families to enrol their school-aged children, school attendance of Roma and Gypsy children was found to decline from primary year one to primary year six, with hardly any of them entering secondary school at all. Besides looking at school attendance figures and Roma and Gypsy children's proficiency in reading, writing and numeracy, this paper also considers gender, family composition, living conditions and economic situation, as well as culturally constructed perceptions of childhood and a person's life cycle. The aim of this article is to highlight the contradictions and ambiguities involved in the process of incorporating Roma and Gypsy children in formal education, and to evaluate their school performance and assess their academic choices.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Minority Group Children, School Desegregation, Attendance, Elementary Secondary Education, Incentives, Economically Disadvantaged, Attendance Patterns, Literacy, Numeracy, Gender Differences, Family Characteristics, Family Environment, Economic Status, Cultural Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Greece