What I will do when I grow up? Plans, aspirations and expectations for immigrant immediate descendants’ students

Journal title MONDI MIGRANTI
Author/s Giustina Orientale Caputo, Alessio Buonomo, Giuseppe Gargiulo
Publishing Year 2021 Issue 2021/3
Language Italian Pages 21 P. 157-177 File size 209 KB
DOI 10.3280/MM2021-003008
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Children of the integration paradox (Wrench, Rea and Ouali, 1992), for the immi-grant students, school represents the most important environment in which to shape plans, aspirations and expectations (Jedlowski, 2017). Despite improve-ments, data (MIUR, 2019) indicate that these students are more likely to experi-ence the tracking phenomenon. From the analysis of focus groups conducted in some secondary schools of first degree in Naples, the immigrants’ aspiration para-dox is configured (Salikutluk, 2013). If, on the one hand, both immigrant opti-mism and blocked opportunities approaches seem to explain high aspirations, on the other hand, adopting the theory of significant others, seems that teachers and the peer group play an ambiguous role. In particular, the more or less intentional forms of exclusion generated by school institutions (Serpieri and Grimaldi, 2013) seems to reverberate more strongly on aspirations, foreshadowing dangerous self-fulfilling prophecies (Ravecca, 2009).

Keywords: immigrant students; secondary school; immigrants’ aspiration para-dox; institutional racism in education; focus group; Naples.

Giustina Orientale Caputo, Alessio Buonomo, Giuseppe Gargiulo, Cosa farò da grande? Progetti, aspirazioni e prospettive degli studenti con background migratorio in "MONDI MIGRANTI" 3/2021, pp 157-177, DOI: 10.3280/MM2021-003008