London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Integrating Chinese children into Irish Primary School

Author(s) Liu, J.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2011  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Europe's Future: Citizenship in a Changing World  
Age group -  
Ireland has recently undergone a sharp increase in the rate of immigration. As more immigrants come to the country, Irish schools have to deal with increased diversity within the classroom, and with problems associated with integrating children from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Chinese children represent a particularly large group within the school system. There are many significant differences between education in Ireland and in China, which can lead to series of problems. These include difficulty integrating into Irish primary schools, changing of parents’ expectations, as well as difficulties associated with different teaching and learning styles. This article introduces the general information of Chinese children in Ireland, their difficulties and their individual experience in Irish primary schools. It compares the two curricula between Irish and Chinese primary schools. The article also examines the issue from the perspective of school principals, class teachers, language support teachers, parents and children and will present a more complete picture of the experience of Chinese children in Irish primary schools, with a view to identify the root causes of integration problems. Keywords: Chinese children, Primary school, Integration

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