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Roma children in primary school with a Roma assistant

Olga Vodopivec (2012) Roma children in primary school with a Roma assistant. Diploma thesis.

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    Abstract

    The thesis deals with the issue of schooling of Roma children in primary school. The empirical part explores the influence of a Roma assistant for Roma children on their motivation, success, and persistence in the selected primary school. Based on the dynamics of primary school enrolment of Roma children in the past 15 years, it is possible to establish that the influence of the assistant for Roma children is positive both in the growing number of Roma children in general and in their persistence to advance to a higher class. The analysis of interviews conducted with teachers suggests that they all believe a teacher instructing Roma children should know the basics of Romani and be familiar with Roma culture. In addition, the majority of the interviewees think that Roma children do not have working and study habits and that the main reason for leaving school lies in the lifestyle of Roma people. The interviewed pupils emphasise the importance of learning assistance by the Roma assistant as they admit having difficulties with Slovenian and English in particular. As for the parents, they find it harder to provide learning assistance and thus acknowledge that the presence of the Roma assistant at school is positive. The interview with the school counsellor indicates that prior to the introduction of the Roma assistant the school put particular emphasis on the issue of schooling of Roma children. The counsellor also establishes that after the assistant became part of the staff, the situation regarding enrolment, success and non-attendance of Roma pupils improved significantly. The counsellor is of the opinion that Roma children cannot attain a similar level of Slovenian than other pupils who speak it as mother tongue. To this end, she suggests that different standards should be applied for Roma children. The Roma assistant works at the school mainly to provide assistance to Roma children within the class under the teacher's guidance. She also offers individual help to the pupils and tries to preserve Roma culture. The interview with the Roma assistant implies that she is extremely devoted to the work with Roma people; she organises and leads meetings with elderly Roma people, writes children's books with Roma content, and organises holiday activities with Roma pupils. Both the school and the local community have made a significant step forward by employing the Roma assistant and built a bridge between the school and the home as well as between the local and Roma community.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: Roma, education and training of Roma pupils, integration, Roma assistant, identity
    Number of Pages: 95
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Irena LesarMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9368393)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1035
    Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2012 17:53
    Last Modified: 13 Nov 2015 12:39
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1035

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