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Well-being of Romany pupils in primary school in Maribor

Milanka Munda (2012) Well-being of Romany pupils in primary school in Maribor. MSc thesis.

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    This Master Theses deals with Romani people in Maribor and it focuses on the Romani primary school students. The starting point and the problem that is analysed in this paper is low education of the Romani people, however, it also presents their cultural specificities. For their tradition is strongly connected with religion which dictates to them to finish their education as soon as possible in order to devote their attention to taking care of the family. Nevertheless, the life of this society has been rapidly changing over the last decade. The traditional values are giving way to the new ones: young people are getting married later; their education lasts longer, which can also be seen in the empirical part of this paper. The later part also answers the question about the aspirations of the Romani parents about the education of their children. The research has confirmed the fact that education is important to Romani people and that they understand the importance of education for better quality of their lives. The reason why the Romani people are uneducated lies also in their poor socioeconomic status, although this is more favourable among Maribor’s Romani people than in other areas. Moreover, the research has also shown that the learning results of the Romani pupils in Maribor are generally better than in other areas of Slovenia and around the world. The Master Theses contains a discrimination analysis which appears on different levels in the present society and occurs repeatedly in school. It shows social experiences of the Romani children in school, moreover, it answers the questions about how these children feel in school. The results of the research have pointed out the fact that the Romani pupils in Maribor are neither exposed to peer and teachers’ prejudice nor to feelings of rejection or declinatory attitude that is otherwise present in some areas of Slovenia and around the world. The answers that the Romani children have given namely show acceptance and emotional connection with their teachers; the Romani pupils feel secure and comfortable among their Slovene peers. They trust their teachers and experience them as suitable partners in the teaching interaction. This paper also discusses the problem of exercising the inclusion of the Romani pupils on formal and execution level within Slovene primary education. It also indicates numerous problems that the Romani pupils cope with in school. They learn the teaching contents in a language that is not their mother tongue; they are exposed to double cultural influences; their parents have difficulties to help them with their learning since they are not well educated or they even lack education. In spite of that, the parents do encourage their children to learn, as shown in the research. The research presents several projects which were carried out in Maribor for the sake of raising the motivation and quality of education of the Romani people. The results of the research lead us to the conclusion that these projects have had an influence on the improved attitude towards school as well as on their agreeable feelings among the school premises, which has also influenced their learning efficiency. The theoretical and empirical parts of this paper are filling up the gap in the research and familiarity with the Romani population in Maribor and are indicating the need of knowing that culture more precisely and to study that numerous and diverse Romani community in Maribor systematically. Better understanding of the Romani community is namely the urgent necessity for creating education that will come to meet their needs.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: Romani people in Maribor, Romani students, school atmosphere, attitude towards school, inclusive education
    Number of Pages: 195
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Mojca Peček ČukMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9305673)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 996
    Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2012 11:19
    Last Modified: 20 Jul 2012 11:19
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/996

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