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How gender and age affect the acceptance of foreign pupils in the school environment by their Greek classmates

Author(s) Diamantopoulou, A.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2013  
Editor P. Cunningham (ed.) Identities and Citizenship Education: Controversy, crisis and challenges  
Age group -  
Keywords/Abstract
The paper examines the issue of the acceptance of foreign pupils at primary school by their Greek classmates. In this context, it examines the existence of racist and xenophobic attitudes among 11 and 12-year-old Greek pupils, boys and girls towards foreign pupils in their class. Sixty-six elementary school pupils participate in the study. Using a questionnaire they were asked to answer several Likert-type questions on their attitudes towards foreign pupils in their class or at school. Results suggest that boys are more open-minded and tolerant towards different nationalities compared to girls. At the same time, younger children show less racist and xenophobic attitudes than older children. The results agree with similar studies that took place in Athens and Salonica in 2001; in Crete in 2006; and, in Lesvos in 2007 as far as the variable of age is concerned but show the opposite when taking into account the two sexes. Moreover, these results raise further questions on the role of the family in the development of racist and xenophobic attitudes among children. Key words: racism, xenophobia, attitude, acceptance, diversity, primary school
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