Intersectional Aspects of Education at the Nexus of Disability and Forced Migration: Perspectives of Parents, Educational Experts, and School Authorities in Greater Vienna

Seyda Subasi Singh, Camilla Pellech, Alexandra Gutschik, Michelle Proyer, Iris Maureen O'Rourke

Although Austrian statistics inform about the distribution of students among different school types based on either their special education needs or their (forced) migration background, the group facing the disadvantages of both situations is almost invisible in the national context. There is a lack of data about the intersection of the kind of schooling (integrative setting, inclusive settings, or special education classes), gender, nationality, or first language use. In order to learn about the current educational practices and challenges in the Austrian context, parents of disabled children from a refugee background as well as educational experts and school authorities were interviewed. Findings showed that there is only a little awareness of the intersectional aspects of disability and forced migration among educational experts and school authorities, while the diagnosis of special education needs suffers from the complexity of the situation. Additionally, parents' lack of information, as well as the need to improve collaboration and increase the availability of translation services, multilingual counseling, or service provision in general were other aspects that this study found. Parents perceived school choice as a key decision and findings underlined that their worries, also as a result of past experiences, affected current decision-making regarding their children's education.

Institut für Lehrer*innenbildung, Institut für Bildungswissenschaft, Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie
Education Sciences
Anzahl der Seiten
ÖFOS 2012
504021 Migrationsforschung, 503034 Inklusive Pädagogik
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Computer Science (miscellaneous), Education, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation, Computer Science(all), Computer Science Applications, Public administration
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