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von Post, C., Wikström, P., Liubiniene, V. & Räihä, H. (2017). Values and attitudes of nordic language teachers towards second language education. Sustainable Multilingualism (10), 194-212
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Values and attitudes of nordic language teachers towards second language education
2017 (English)In: Sustainable Multilingualism, ISSN 2335-2027, no 10, p. 194-212Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Issues in minority education in relation to citizenship have received more attention lately, because of new requirements for language testing in several countries (Bevelander, Fernandez & Hellström 2011:101). The acquisition of citizenship is more decisive for immigrant participation in society than the duration of stay in the country (Bevelander, Fernandez & Hellström 2011). The opportunities for minority language education are crucial for active citizenship and integration in this perspective. Most countries in EU (except Ireland and Sweden) have language requirements for the citizenship. The use of language testing becomes increasingly trendy among the countries that receive migrants.  The fast development highlights the need of new international studies on the relationship between citizenship and conditions for the second language learning. The goal of the recent study is to compare premises, perspectives and scales of values of Danish, Norwegian and Swedish language educators, related to the requirements for immigrant citizenship. Previous studies (Björklund & Liubiniené 2004) indicate that there are major differences in value systems even between the neighbouring countries. To reach the goal the interviews were conducted with language educators in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The results have revealed two opposing patterns. The values of Swedish informants show a wide-ranging variation, while the Danish and Norwegian data on values are consistently similar. The results raise further questions about the effects caused by differences in values among language educators when comparing the countries and call for a further verification of the data in a more extended study, including Lithuania and other Baltic states. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
De Gruyter Open, 2017
values, second language learning, citizenship, immigrants, integration
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Education and Learning
urn:nbn:se:du-26733 (URN)
Building active European citizenship in the Baltic sea area: values, identities, languages, cultural and social constraints.
Available from: 2017-12-07 Created: 2017-12-07 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-8031-5982

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