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Youth, Education & Value Change: The School as Keeper of the Social Status-quo or a Platform to Explore Values?

This workshop took place from 20 to 22 November 2013. CeMIS – the University of Antwerp research centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies – cooperated and organized a pre-conference on the educational achievements of young migrants. Prof. Dr. Gill Crozier gave a public lecture.

This workshop and public lecture examined whether the school system should, in the first place, uphold and maintain current social values, or whether it offers a platform to explore new values. Values are no longer straightforwardly transferred to the next generation as may once have been the case; the term ‘exchange of values’ may be more appropriate to designate what happens rather than ‘value transfer’.

The family, school, the peer group and the local neighbourhood all are important contexts in which youngsters and adolescents develop into adults. The classroom confronts the adolescent with different sets of values that sometimes concur, and at other times conflict. Schools are faced with the challenge of a plurality of values. How do family, peers, school structures and local neighbourhoods determine the value development, behaviour and school performance?

Gill Crozier analyzed how school, parents and family handle the increased ethnic and social diversity, marginalization and exclusion within the cities.

The workshop resulted in the book Youth in Education: The necessity of valuing ethnocultural diversity (Routledge, 2016).

Contributors: Klaus Boehnke (Jacobs Universität Bremen), Noël Clycq (CeMIS | University of Antwerp), Gill Crozier (Roehampton University), Ruth Lupton (London School of Economics), Marie McAndrew (Université de Montréal), Edith Piqueray (CeMIS | University of Antwerp), David Schiefer (Jacobs Universität Bremen), Christiane Timmerman (CeMIS | University of Antwerp), Gisela Trommsdorff (Universität Konstanz).

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