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Comparative Analysis of Students' preceptions on Integration and Discrimination Policy in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.
2010 (English)In: Eurasian Journal of Educational Research (EJER), ISSN 1302-597X, Vol. 10, no 41, 133-149 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Problem Statement: Discrimination and integration policy is an important issue all over the world. Sweden is a democratic and multicultural country trying to provide equal rights to every single person residing is Sweden. This study investigates how anti-discrimination policies are perceived by students in Sweden. Purpose of the Study: The primary purpose of this study is to analyze the perception of students regarding the discrimination and integration policy implemented in Sweden. Focusing on educational policies in a multicultural setting in Sweden, the study explores how these policies are perceived by the students who are supposed to benefit from them, regardless whether the students are native Swedes or immigrants. First, the study presents the immigration flow into Sweden and consequent changes in relevant policies. Secondly, the study sets forth perceptions of students on integration, internalization and discrimination. Finally, the study analyzed the interplay between these policies and students perceptions of the issues concerned. Method: The study was conducted at three high schools in Uppsala, Sweden. Data from the student sample (n=348) between the ages of 15-19, attending grades 10, 11, 12 at high schools were collected using a face-to-face self-completion of a questionnaire, provided both in English and Swedish. Analysis of the quantitative survery focused on the perceptions of the students regarding integration policy, discrimination and internalization. Date from the questionnaire were analyzed using SPSS version 16. Findings and Results: The findings show that though Swedish legislation provides strict rules to prevent discrimination and to ease integration, the precentage of students who complain about discrimination cannot be underestimated. Conclusions and Recommendation: The conclusion is that the level of discrimination and segregation does not overlap with the official policy of Sweden. This fact shows that Sweden should re-examine its discrimation policy. The findings are expected not only to expose problems faced by students regarding integration and discrimination in Sweden but also to provide insightful implications that can be used to improve multicultural settings.

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2010. Vol. 10, no 41, 133-149 p.
Keyword [en]
Sweden, multicultural education, integration discrimination
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-146885ISI: 000285629700008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-146885DiVA: diva2:399257
Available from: 2011-02-21 Created: 2011-02-21 Last updated: 2011-02-21Bibliographically approved

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