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Explanations for the disadvantages of children and adolescents from migrant families in the German school education system: arguments and empirical findings

Children and young people from migrant families in the German education system pp 89-151 | Cite as

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Chapter 4 compiles arguments that have either already been put forward as explanations for the disadvantages of children and adolescents from migrant families in Germany or have not yet been received in Germany in this context, but could serve as explanations (these explanations are discussed in Chapters 4.4 and 4.5 presented). These explanations are only partially competing explanations or only partially compete with each other, and this only if they are on the same logical level. Roughly, they can be located on two different levels: First of all, those explanations should be mentioned that relate to the individual level, i.e. try to explain the disadvantages of children and adolescents from migrant families through their characteristics or those of their families or through their decisions. At this level one can again differentiate according to whether aspects of the culture of origin, the class-specific culture or aspects of the migration situation are postulated as explanatory. On the second level, there are explanations that focus on the characteristics of the school as an institution. In this regard, explanations that address the context of school attendance and success can be distinguished from explanations that focus on processes of discrimination.

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