Migrant children and educational challenges

Authored by: Dirk Jacobs , Perrine Devleeshouwer

Routledge Handbook of Immigration and Refugee Studies

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138794313
eBook ISBN: 9781315759302
Adobe ISBN: 9781317638773

10.4324/9781315759302.ch22

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Abstract

Even though large scale international educational studies, such as the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), provide a very valuable source to assess to what extent educational systems cater for the specific needs of migrant pupils, they have not been created to monitor the educational attainment of migrant children. PISA is a test conducted every 3 years that is designed to measure competencies in reading, mathematics and sciences of 15-year-old pupils. Hence, it only tests particular cognitive competencies without taking into account the entire spectrum of educational objectives (social competencies, creativity, historical knowledge, citizenship and so on). Despite its limitations, it is probably the best data source at our disposal to internationally evaluate the quality of educational systems using the same benchmarks, at least from a quantitative point of view that focuses on cognitive competences.

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