Perceptions of education: the case of parents, who immigrate to Germany (Master thesis)

Καραθανάσης, Αναστάσιος/ Karathanasis, Anastasios

It has been recently observed in Greece, that during the period of economic crisis, there is a considerable number of parents with children enrolled in compulsory education, who immigrate to Germany. On one hand, this observation has raised questions about the parents’ perceptions of the affinity between immigration and typical education during the crisis. On the other hand, there is the role of social networks, which are created and developed by these parents, who take also part in them, although that this participation is independent from their own cultural capital. Thus, in the research paper there was made an attempt to trace the social reality of Greek parents with school-age children, who immigrated to Germany the last two years of economic crisis. In more concrete terms, not only is the target group’s profile being under research, but the extent of the phenomenon as well and the correlation of migration with the one of the previous generation. However, the recovery of Germany as a migration destination does not constitute a “history repeat itself”. But, even though it is determined by a family “habitus”, it is being further accompanied by a scrutinised consideration of the factors that seem to guarantee the educational ensuring of new immigrants’ children. Additional issues concerning the current research have been the parents’ trust on the state within the framework of typical education, the state’s reactions and the weaknesses of formal education through parents’ perspective. Taking into account parents with school-age children being on the verge of immigrating to Germany, they obviously have stereotypical ideas first on education and second on the country of immigration. Parents, who in some cases are ‘ethnically other’, raise their concerns on their children’s education and working future both in Greece and Germany. Furthermore, the parents were asked how they perceive themselves as part of the social networks and how these networks incite them to decide to immigrate to Germany, how they support them during the transition to a new country and how they help them to solve their problems about the education of their children afterwards. Regarding methodology, the current thesis is based on oral interviews which constitute up to a certain extent a series of life stories, and on participant observation, given the fact that the author belongs to the same target group having had himself immigrated parents
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Δημοκρίτειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θράκης. Σχολή Επιστημών Αγωγής. Τμήμα Επιστημών της Εκπαίδευσης στην Προσχολική Ηλικία
Subject classification: Children of immigrants -- Education -- Germany
Keywords: Mετανάστευση,Κοινωνική κινητικότητα,Eκπαίδευση στη Γερμανία,Εκπαίδευση στην Ελλάδα,Ιmmigration,Social mobility,Education in Greece,Education in Germany,Habitus

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