Jag är ny här - får jag vara med? : En studie av nyanlända elevers sociala integration i skolan
The aim of the study was to evaluate the social integration amongst newly arrived students in the two different school systems Sweden welcomes them into. The first school system takes in newly arrived students into preparation classes whilst the other integrates the students directly into ordinary classrooms. The examination is based on qualitative observations in the classroom, canteen, and playground, and interviews with teachers and a select few students from each school system.
The result of the study showed that newly arrived students in ordinary classes are socially integrated more into the school than the newly arrived students that are welcomed into a preparation class. Newly arrived students are offered a larger chance of being integrated into the school environment if they are introduced directly into an ordinary class. In preparation classes, social integration is narrowed down to between the classmates. Instead, preparation classes were deemed academically better for newly arrived students.
The conclusion drawn from my results and previous research is that the different school systems result in different outcomes. From a social perspective, being introduced directly into an ordinary class is more advantageous for newly arrived students.
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