|Author(s)||Korhonen, R. & Graeffe, L.|
|Editor||A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation|
Today’s societies are increasingly multicultural, and education – specifically preschool education - playing a fundamental role in the development of multicultural attitudes. Building institutional multiculturalism is an inclusive process fostering inclusive citizenship as basic to pre-school education. This paper presents a Finnish case study of how teachers understand and reflect on the immigrant child's multicultural identity and citizenship, which are described by means of a multidisciplinary theoretical analysis. The theoretical framework is constructed through the perspectives of culture, identity, citizenship and language and is based on theories from the related academic disciplines. Structured interviews address teacher observations and experiences on the child’s communication, adaptation to the pre-school group’s culture as well as expressions from their home culture and their social abilities in play.