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Textbook Study: Migration and Integration

Textbook study Migration and Integration

The research project was commissioned by the Federal Commissioner for Migration and Refugees and carried out in cooperation with Georg Eckert Institute – Leibniz Institute for International Textbook Research. It examines how the subject of integration is currently handled in educational media. Integration has almost never been the explicit topic of studies on textbooks.

The study concentrates on the following three issues:

1)  How are the topics integration and migration represented in textbooks? (regarding present and past migratory flows, the constitution of national governments, successful integration versus conflicts, displacement and naturalisation, the colonial state between inclusion and exclusion, etc.)

2)  What strategy do textbooks pursue to promote a reflected position towards diversity and consolidated intercultural competence? (regarding the problematisation of xenophobia, prejudices, discrimination and racism, an education towards open-mindedness, approachability and inclusive thinking, etc.)

3)  How is cultural diversity represented? Are different ways of life depicted? (regarding the representation of different cultural and ethnic groups living in German society, the depiction of the conflict between mainstreaming and inclusion in society, representations of heterogeneity between stereotypes and diversity, etc.)

The study uses the approach of analysis. It analyses the language of textbooks and uncovers a dominating social knowledge that is socio-politically legitimated when included in textbooks and pretends to be scientifically founded.

Textbooks for lower and upper secondary level (9th-12th grade) and for the subjects social studies, politics, history, and geography are examined. The examined books were selected from three different federal states. The analysis considers textbooks for grammar schools, comprehensive schools, and secondary modern schools.

About the study

Textbook study Migration and Integration

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Prof. Dr. Viola B. Georgi, Founding Director ZBI, Professor of Diversity Education

E-mail: georgiv@uni-hildesheim.de

Phone +49 5121 883 10106
Conference Textbook Study Migration and Integration

On 13 January 2016
Federal Chancellery | Willy-Brandt-Straße 1 | 10557 Berlin

Stiftung Universität Hildesheim


Stiftung Universität Hildesheim
Zentrum für Bildungsintegration.
Diversity und Demokratie in Migrationsgesellschaften

Stiftung Universität Hildesheim
Universitätsplatz 1
31141 Hildesheim

E-Mail: zbi@uni-hildesheim.de
Fon: +49 (0)5121 - 883 10120
Fax: +49 (0)5121 - 883 10121

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