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The increase in social and cultural capita in areas with a Roma population

Darja Muhvič (2016) The increase in social and cultural capita in areas with a Roma population. Diploma thesis.

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    The results of many researches point to low levels of education and unemployment among the members of the Roma community and their limited contacts with the majority population. This dissertation deals with the subject of ex/inclusion of the Roma children in the preschool education system. Preschool education is of key importance for children, because it creates possibilities for equalling educational opportunities, abilities, potentials and achievements of the Roma children, who come from socially weak environment, in relation to non-Roma children. Basic education and expanding knowledge can help lessen social exclusion and thus present better opportunities for social inclusion and network expansion, but can also increase social and cultural capital of everyone involved. When creating an efficient, universal and just educational process, it is necessary to consider the concept of social and cultural capital, which plays an important role in establishing a democratic environment in which networks based on reciprocity and participation of both the Roma and the majority population develop. The task of including the Roma community into networks is an extremely challenging and complex one. And it is education that can contribute greatly to the expansion of the social networks. A wide social network, hiding the social and cultural capital within, enables the individuals, in this case the members of the Roma community, to integrate into the wider society. Therefore, it is necessary to focus on the concept of good projects that expand social networks and promote integration, while at the same time it is necessary to know the principles of social and cultural capital. This dissertation explores, determines and analyses the reasons behind low inclusion of the Roma children in preschool education and discusses the necessary changes to increase their inclusion based on the experiences of working with the Roma children in the preschool Vrtec Otona Župančiča Črnomelj and the participation in the project The increase in social and cultural capita in areas with a Roma population. Well-thought-out projects with good execution and evaluation that take into account each individual and his/her wishes, needs, but also cultural and historical aspects can yield good results and enable positive shifts in the field of education, while at the same time preserve the cultural heritage and the Roma language.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: The Roma community, social capital, cultural capital, preschool education, education
    Number of Pages: 58
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Marjan ŠimencMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11259209)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 3982
    Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2016 16:11
    Last Modified: 20 Oct 2016 16:11
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/3982

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