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A Visit to a Multicultural School: A Case Study in Finland

Author(s) Lahti, L.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2007  
Editor Ross, A. (ed) Citizenship Education in Society  
Language English  
Age group -  
The number of immigrants in Finland has increased rapidly during the past 15 years, and this has had an influence on schools. The Finnish authorities have responded by giving instructions on providing multicultural education. Some student teachers have difficulties encounter multiculturalism in practice because of the small number of non-Finnish pupils. To develop the students’ identity as teachers in multicultural society, a group of students visited a multicultural school in Helsinki. The students had an opportunity to attend classes and interview the teachers and pupils. Later on they reported their experiences, and all reports were very positive. The experience was important for the students, because during their school time there were not many immigrants among the pupils.

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