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School Integration

School Integration

Project duration: 01.05.2020 - 31.10.2022

School integration of newly immigrated children: An environmental multilevel perspective

The project aims to identify determinants of the integration in school of refugee and newly immigrated children. Therefore, the study focuses on children with experiences of displacement and on ethnic minorities from (South) Eastern Europe (e.g., Romani people) whose integration is a challenge for regions like the Ruhr area.  

Project description

Primary school is of great importance for successful educational trajectories. Thus, the project zeroes in on this school period in order to identify aspects promoting resilience that qualify for a successful transition to secondary school. 

The study on children with refugee and migration experience aims to tackle three main areas: A) The study examines the influence of family and extracurricular contexts on educational participation and integration. B) It analyses the quality of the relations that those children develop with teachers and peers alike and the associated support that should have a positive impact on learning motivation and school achievement. C) The project also scrutinizes the multiple determinants when transitioning from primary school to secondary school with the option to take one’s A-levels with respect to the potential, the competencies and the educational aspiration. In order to analyze these questions, the study will conduct surveys in the fourth grade.  

Lead researcher at IFS

Foto von Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany,

Campus Nord, CDI, Room CDI / 232
Telephone: (+49)231 755-5512

Project team

Foto von Dr. Justine Stang Dr. Justine Stang,

Campus Nord, CDI, Room CDI / 237
Telephone: (+49)231 755-5547

Foto von Sebastian Vogel Sebastian Vogel,

Campus Nord, CDI, Room CDI / 238
Telephone: (+49)231 755-7418

External project partners

Universität Duisburg-Essen

Prof. Dr. Philipp Jugert


Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Prof. Dr. Birgit Leyendecker

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Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR)

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