Courses in the language and culture of origin and their impact on youth development in cultural transition: A study among immigrant and dual heritage youth in Switzerland

Makarova, Elena (2014). Courses in the language and culture of origin and their impact on youth development in cultural transition: A study among immigrant and dual heritage youth in Switzerland. In: Aravossitas, Themistoklis; Trifonas, Peter Pericles (eds.) Rethinking Heritage Language Education. Cambridge Education Research (pp. 89-114). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

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Elena Makarova traces how the concept of intercultural education in German-speaking European countries promotes the inclusion of courses in the Language and Culture of Origin (LCO) for immigrant youth in the school curriculum of host countries. Such courses are assumed to have positive effects on the development of immigrant youth in the host country. Particularly, it has been suggested that participation in LCO courses increases the self-esteem of immigrant youth, facilitates the development of their bicultural identity and improves their integration in the host society. However, there is a lack of empirical evidence on the nature of the effects of LCO course attendance on the acculturation of immigrant youth and their cultural identity. Accordingly, the aim of the study detailed in the chapter is to examine the impact of immigrant youth’s attitudes towards LCO courses and of their attendance of such courses on their acculturation and cultural identity.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education > Educational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Makarova, Elena

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education

ISBN:

9781107437623

Series:

Cambridge Education Research

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Elena Makarova

Date Deposited:

12 Jan 2015 16:46

Last Modified:

12 Jan 2015 16:46

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/61390

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