Webinar proposto nell’ambito del progetto „Mediazione per l’accoglienza“ Consorzio Erasmus Plus 2021-1-IT02-KA121-SCH-000012059: Obiettivi 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8.
This European Toolkit for Schools webinar will focus on navigating cultural diversity in the classroom and understanding the complex needs of refugee children.
Friday, 06 May at 16 CEST
This webinar is part of the 2022 webinar series organised by the European Toolkit for Schools.
When schools and other educational institutions welcome migrants and newly arrived refugees, classrooms become more culturally diverse. Quite often, this diversity (of cultures, languages, behaviours, ways of learning and needs) goes unnoticed or it is perceived as a problem that teachers are expected to solve.
If institutional support structures on how to teach in a diverse classroom are fragile, teachers tend to act in accordance with their own views and pedagogical experience. When dealing with a culturally diverse classroom, good intentions are not always enough and, rather often, pedagogical approaches that emerge from teachers’ genuine concern with their pupils ends up having detrimental effects on their learning and wellbeing. In this webinar, we are going to discuss the importance of acknowledging and, most importantly, valuing cultural diversity in the classroom, whilst tending to the complex needs of refugee children.
What is the webinar about?
Cosmin Nada, expert on diversity in education and researcher at the Centre for Research and Intervention in Education (University of Porto), will approach the distinction between intercultural and monocultural teachers, highlighting the importance of adapting pedagogical practices to the needs of diverse pupils. Whilst acknowledging that all pupils are different in their own way, particularly vulnerable groups like refugee children require extra attention.
Sara Amadasi, research fellow in the Department of Studies on Language and Culture, UNIMORE, and representative of the CHILD-UP project, will show how dialogic facilitation can be a tool to promote migrant children’s participation in the classroom and to enhance conditions of hybrid integration, which concerns all children.
Mateja Sedmak and Barbara Gornik, from the Science and Research Centre of Koper and representatives of the Mcreate project, will present the project’s main findings and recommendations, together with a series of practical and concrete tools that teachers can use in the process of welcoming refugee children and teaching in diverse classrooms.