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Title: Understanding and responding to diversity in the primary classroom : an international study
Authors: Humphrey, Neil
Bartolo, Paul A.
Ale, Peter
Calleja, Colin
Hofsaess, Thomas
Janikova, Vera
Mol Lous, Annemieke
Vilkiene, Vida
Wetso, Gun-Marie
Keywords: Multicultural education
Cultural pluralism -- Study and teaching
Minorities -- Education
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: Humphrey, N., Bartolo, P., Ale, P., Calleja, C., Hofsaess, T., Janikova, V.,... Wetso, G. M. (2006). Understanding and responding to diversity in the primary classroom : an international study. European Journal of Teacher Education, 29(3), 305-318.
Abstract: The increased diversification of classrooms in recent years has placed additional demands upon teachers who strive to facilitate the learning and participation of all pupils. The aim of the current study was to explore how primary teachers across Europe understand and respond to diversity in their classrooms. A total of 35 teachers from 7 countries (Czech Republic, England, Germany, Holland, Lithuania, Malta, Sweden) participated in semi‐structured interviews. Analysis of the data yielded several key themes: (i) the need for caring and inclusive attitudes and school ethos, (ii) facilitating inclusive values and solidarity in pupils, (iii) building collaborative networks, (iv) organising ‘responsive’ teaching, and (v) facing challenges in responding to diversity. The implications of these findings for the development of inclusive practices are discussed.
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