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Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (online): 2304-4977

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/jmfp

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Learning difficulties of migrant children in Italy 169

Khaperskaia A.Yu., PhD in Psychology, Specialist in training activity and methodological work, Psychology of Education, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, a.khaperskaya@gmail.com
Şensin C., Ph.D student, La Sapienz, Rome, Italy, ceyda.sensin@uniroma1.it
Abstract
According to the latest report published in 2018 in Pisa every sixth pupil in Italian schools nowadays is a migrant. Statistic data show the skyrocketed increase of migrant children in schools since 2003. According to the Italian Edition of «La Verità», referring to the OCSE (L'Organizzazione per la cooperazione e lo sviluppo economico report (OCSE)-organisation for economic cooperation and development), "children with immigration experiences tend to be less successful at school than their peers. If 69 percent of Italian children achieve required by the OCSE outcomes in reading, mathematics and science, only 51% of the first generation of migrant children can match them. «This figure is even lower and falls to 36% if we take into account children who arrived to Italy and were enrolled to comprehensive schools at the age of 12 years and older. What is the main problem of migrant children at school in the new socio-cultural context? First of all, it is language. And language snowballs other problems. The traumatic experience of relocation, the difference of cultures and conflict of families with new reality, all this has an impact on the way the child feels in the new world and the way s/he experiences difficulties. Among migrant adolescents one can note a more intensive experience of internal conflicts, they face a wrenching sense of loneliness, don't feel understood and accepted. In this article, we will discuss the main learning difficulties which are most common among children of migrants, as well as the issues of professional readiness of teachers of Italian secondary schools to the difficulties of this kind

Keywords: migrant children, educational difficulties, migration processes, Italian school

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/jmfp.2019080106

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