Opportunity Structures for Inclusion and School Success of Newly Arrived Youth

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2017
End date: 31/12/2019
Funding: 7533000 SEK


A starting-point for the project is that we cannot fully understand
conditions for participation and learning among newly arrived students
if we do not explore the quality and functioning of the social and
symbolic structures and networks in the school, the family and the local
communities. These actual conditions are of course also deeply related
to representations that newly arrived and other immigrants have to
handle as part of their ongoing migration experiences in society. The
over-arching aim of the project is thus to study how the organizational,
social and symbolic structures inside and outside of school necessary
for participation and learning are construed, how they work in practice,
how they are dependently related and how they in terms of consequences
for inclusion and school achievement are experienced, understood and
tackled by the newly arrived themselves. The empirical study will be
executed in three strategically chosen schools and two urban and
multicultural communities. The methodology is mainly informed by
interviews and ethnography, and will concern pupils, school
professionals, parents and actors from local communities. Major
theoretical framework is constituted by Robert Merton’s concept of
opportunity structure, meaning organizing possibilities and their
conditions for providing resources, situations and practices that
increase chances for individuals to achieve their goals.

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