07 SES 01 B, Students’ Perspectives on Success and Inequality
This research project has a European focus and is concerned with social issues and educational policies relevant for EU member states in the context of East-West migration in Europe after the EU expansion. Despite the growing literature in the UK in the area of migration motivations and strategies, work, life beyond work, social networks and local settlement of Eastern European (EE) migrants (Burrell, 2010), research has only started considering the identities and education of children of these migrants in the UK. In particular, there is a lack of critical sociological analysis of the social structures and processes that affect the learning and social development of this relatively new group of minority ethnic students. The theorisation of relationship between social identities, educational achievement and inequality provides a framework for the research study reported in this paper (Francis and Wong, 2013; Reay, 2009; Gillborn, 2008; Archer and Francis, 2007; Heath and Brinbaum, 2007). The study seeks to explore the educational identities and experiences of schooling among first generation EE migrant students. It pays attention to how EE students’ identities and educational achievement are shaped by their ethnic origin, gender and social class. The role of teachers and parents in relation to EE students’ achievement, experiences of education and aspirations are considered as a contributing/impeding factor to young people’s educational success.
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