Multilingualism and preschool education (Master thesis)

Σαλικοπούλου, Παναγιώτα

There is no doubt that the education of child refugees is one of the most heated subjects in Greece right now. The educational community faces great challenges and we expect that this will turn out to be a great opportunity to reevaluate and reform the educational field and enhance it with new intercultural directions, policies, philosophies and goals. This study focuses on a particular kindergarten that was founded last year (2018) by the Greek Ministry of Education, inside the premises of one refugee camp in Central Greece. We tried to shed light to the particular educational needs of this preschool community and to apply an intercultural ten day program to meet those needs. The educational practices and methods took into consideration the mother languages of the students and tried to highlight the importance of the first language (mother tongue/language) during the process of the second language acquisition. The findings of the study revealed the imperative need to push the schools beyond the traditional boundaries and showed that it’s time for education to face the reality of multilingualism and to adopt a mindful perspective of it.
Alternative title / Subtitle: η περίπτωση του νηπιαγωγείου στο Κέντρο Φιλοξενίας Προσφύγων Θερμοπυλών Φθιώτιδας
the case of the kindergarten in a refugee camp in Thermopylae, Greece
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Επιστημών της Αγωγής. Παιδαγωγικό Τμήμα Νηπιαγωγών
Subject classification: Εκπαίδευση, Προσχολική
Keywords: Προσφυγική κρίση,Εκπαίδευση παιδιών προσφύγων,Προσχολική εκπαίδευση,Μητρική γλώσσα,Refugee crisis,Child refugees,Second language acquisition,Preschool education
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