Sarah Crafter

Institute of Education, University of London, UK         



Charles Max

University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg


                                                JURE Assistant Coordinator: Giulia Messina Dahlberg

                                                     University of Skövde, Sweden



Mission statement

The SIG brings together researchers who study culturally diverse schools, classrooms and other educational settings from the perspectives of learning, teaching, social interaction and home-school relationships. Ethno-cultural diversity in schools is a big challenge for European education as large scale studies of school achievement have shown that migrant students often do not perform as well as native students and have fewer opportunities to be successful in the school system. Schools and teachers can find it difficult to adapt to the diverse cultural and language backgrounds of students. At the same time, research on what happens in culturally diverse schools, classrooms and other educational settings has been a neglected area. We think that the educational research community can contribute to the future of European society by putting research on processes within and around culturally diverse settings higher on the agenda. The SIG wants to contribute to this aim.

Currently, given the scarcity of knowledge, we think that in-depth studies of school and classroom processes and events are crucial. Similarly, studies focusing on the experiences of learners, teachers and parents are very important. Studies might concern issues such as: language diversity and communication processes in classrooms, (cultural) representations of teaching and learning and their impact on teachers' and learners' identities, cultural expectations, student-teacher relationships, home-school relationships, learners' experiences of cultural transitions, learning and cultural identities, (best) practices of teaching in culturally diverse settings, and special programmes for supporting migrant students to promote their learning. Culturally diverse schools exist in the context of educational policy therefore we also want to encourage the exchange of information between countries about educational policies and language policies, and the impact of these policies on processes in schools, classrooms and other educational settings.

We invite researchers who study these and other relevant topics to join the SIG 21. The SIG will organise occasions for its members to exchange and discuss their research. In particular, we will organise a biennial meeting, starting May/June 2008, and distribute a newsletter.



SIGs 10, 21 & 25 "Social Interaction in Learning and Instruction", 
"Learning and Teaching in Culturally Diverse Settings" and "Educational Theory"
Theme: Reflective Minds and Communities
Dates: 28th - 29th of August, 2016
Place: University of Tartu, Estonia

First call for papers
Second call for papers

Deadline for proposals: 1st of March, 2016
Deadline for EARLY BIRD registration: 30th of April, 2016 



SIG 21 - Autumn newsletter 2015