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Teachers with so-called Immigrant Background

Research Project «Teacher and Immigrant Background»

A research project on experiences and ways of dealing with difference and belonging

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Teachers are not only challenged to deal with migration-related diversity among their students in an appropriate and inclusive way, some of the teachers may themselves be exposed to social boundary making or confronted with special expectations. Some educational authorities expect teachers with a so-called immigrant background to act as role models for successful careers or to build bridges between schools and immigrant families. However, empirically, only little is known about the experiences of teachers who are categorised as 'with immigrant background', particularly in the Swiss context.

For this reason, IZB is carrying out a research project to investigate the experiences of difference and belonging among teachers with a so-called immigrant background as well as their pedagogical orientations in dealing with difference and belonging among their students.

The gained insights are not only disseminated to the scientific community, but also transferred to practice, firstly into teacher education at PH Zug and secondly – in cooperation with teachers – to schools.

The project has been financially supported by Stiftung Mercator Schweiz.

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