Newly Arrived Immigrant Pupils in Swedish Schools: Experiences of Collegial Learning in an Interactive Action Research Project
2015 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Newly immigrated children and young people beginning school in Sweden raise certain challenges. These may result not only from their (and their parents’) weak Swedish-language skills, but also from a schooling background that differs from pedagogical frameworks in Swedish schools. This places demands on school heads to organize and lead the school’s work in such a way as to meet these pupils’ needs, while teachers need to develop relevant competence. This situation was behind the initiation of the project “New Immigrants and Learning – Competence Development for Teachers and School Principals”. The project ran in schools in four Swedish municipalities, its aim being to develop the participating schools’ organization, and a pedagogy that would facilitate the schooling and integration of newly immigrated pupils. This report aims to describe the project, and with particular focus on collegial learning highlight principals’ participation in the project, and their role in leading processes that were initiated in the project. The project was based on the use of research circles, a think tank and lectures. The report will also examine and discuss in what degree these promoted collegial learning and collaboration, the development of pedagogical methods and competence related to the schooling of newly arrived immigrant pupils.
A central conclusion is that the principal has an important function and responsibility to create an intercultural learning environment where opportunity is given for school professionals to meat, learn from one another, in collaboration plan for action, and reflect on the implementation and results. This highlights the importance of the principal setting aside time for work with pedagogical leadership in the school’s every day activities.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Newly arrived immigrant pupils, research circle, think tank, interactive action research, pedagogical leadership
Research subject Education and Learning
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:du-21588OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-21588DiVA: diva2:932423
Paper presented in a workshop at the ENIRDELM conference in Dublin, Ireland, September 17th – 19th 2015