School as Transmitter of Culture of Receiving Society: Integration of Migrant Children in Educational Environment



The paper focuses on the transmission of culture of the receiving society as a basic mechanism of integra- tion assistance for schoolchildren from different cultural backgrounds. Cultural transmission is thus regarded as a sociopsychological phenomenon. The paper analyzes features of culture acquisition in children arriving from other countries (or culturally different regions) using the model of the types of understanding proposed by Vladimir Zinchenko. As it is shown, cultural transmission, i.e. passing on cultural values, is one of the most important social functions of the education system that can only occur as a result of the systemic work in the educational institution. Cultural differences within the educational environment are described basing on the cultural iceberg model. The paper also demonstrates that SWOT analysis can be successfully employed to eval- uate the risks and resources associated with the integration of migrants in a particular educational institution in order to provide the foundations for organizing the systemic work with migrant children.

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Keywords: integration of migrants, enculturation, cultural transmission, migrant children, intercultural education.

Journal rubric: Discussions and Discourses

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Khukhlaev O.E., Chibisova M.Y., Kuznetsov I.M. School as Transmitter of Culture of Receiving Society: Integration of Migrant Children in Educational Environment. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2014. Vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 95–103. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Oleg E. Khukhlaev, PhD in Psychology, Assistant Professor, Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Acre, Israel, ORCID:, e-mail:

Marina Y. Chibisova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Chair of Social Pedagogy and Psychology, Faculty of Pedagogics and Psychology, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Igor M. Kuznetsov, PhD in Sociology, Leading Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Inter-Ethnic Relations, Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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