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Judgements of Teacher Training students from three European countries on the efforts of social institutions for the integration of immigrants.

Author(s) Maldonado, A. et al  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2010  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship  
Age group -  
This paper presents the first results of an empirical study that aims to determine the judgments of Teacher Training students from Spain, Hungary and England with respect the efforts that social institutions and organizations are making for the integration of immigrants. We explore both global assessment and the differences by country, age, gender and nationality. To obtain the data, a questionnaire on attitudes toward immigration issues was applied to 958 Teacher Training students from three countries in Europe: 300 questionnaires in Spain, 299 in Hungary and 359 in England. Inferential statistics were applied to check the existence of differences depending on the country, gender, age and nationality. Overall our results show that immigration associations, NGOs and universities are the institutions that have a better image in relation to their efforts for the integration of immigrants, and that the employers, the mass-media and the political parties are the organizations that have a weaker image. However, there are substantial differences between the countries. The variations found in each country could be explained by the confidence that these institutions seem to convey in each society. Key words: Immigrants, Cross-Cultural studies, Teacher Training, Perception of social institutions

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