Icelandic Studies on Diversity and Social Justice in Education
The educational systems of the Nordic countries are based on a common set of fundamental values, such as democracy, social justice and inclusion. However, when it comes to the treatment of diversity, especially in education, many issues remain unresolved. This edited volume presents Icelandic research on the challenges and opportunities of diversity in education at several levels, including preschool, primary, secondary, vocational and higher education in Iceland. The chapters shed light on school experiences of students and parents of immigrant or refugee background and their teachers, and explore attitudes and values of young people with regards to diversity, human rights and multicultural society. This book also addresses the issues of the professional development of teachers and inclusive practices, and will primarily appeal to classroom teachers and academics, teacher education students, social educators, and education policy makers. While set in the Icelandic context, this volume will serve to contribute to current global discussions on diversity and social justice in education.
This book is part of a series. View the full series, "Nordic Studies on Diversity in Education", here.
Hanna Ragnarsdóttir is a Professor in the School of Education at the University of Iceland, where she completed a BA degree in Anthropology and History in 1984. She obtained an MSc degree in Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1986, and a Dr. philos in Education from the University of Oslo, Norway, in 2007. She has published widely in international and national journals and edited six books. Her research interests include immigrants and refugees in Icelandic society and schools, multicultural education, and school reform. She has led a number of Nordic and national research projects, including Learning Spaces for Inclusion and Social Justice: Success Stories from Immigrant Students and School Communities in Four Nordic Countries (2013-2015), funded by NordForsk and the Icelandic Research Centre, and Educational Aspirations, Opportunities and Challenges for Immigrants in University Education in Iceland (2016-2018), funded by the Icelandic Research Centre.
Samúel Lefever is an Associate Professor at the University of Iceland, where he teaches language teaching methodology. He completed a BA degree in Sociology at Kansas State University, USA, in 1978 and an MA in Education in Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Kansas, USA, in 1993. He has conducted research on the English skills of young children in Iceland and on English teaching and learning at all school levels. His recent publications include articles and chapters which focus on immigrants’ language use and participation in Icelandic schools and society.
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