Principal Investigator

Natasa Pantic   https://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/natasa-pantic

Co-Investigator

Anna Lund    

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Didem Oral

Funding source

Nordforsk

Project details

Duration: 2020-2022 

Description

How school systems respond to migration has an enormous impact on migrant integration. Schools can be a vehicle for social mobility and developing a sense of belonging to the local community. Within schools, teachers are key for creating opportunities for learning and participation. However, teachers may also inadvertently reinforce the barriers due to the assumptions embedded in the institutional structures, or their own unexamined beliefs.

TEAMS project addresses the urgent need to understand and help teachers meet the needs of migrant students. It employs social network analysis and ethnographic research across six school sites in Scotland, Finland and Sweden to conduct a comprehensive analysis of both the structures and nature of teachers’ day-to-day interactions with students, their families, school colleagues, specialists and external agencies for building ‘protective networks’ to address barriers to learning for migrant students. The cross-country design allows us to gauge the impact of particular policies and strategies that facilitate migrant integration across contexts.