Jim Cummins
Jim Cummins

Jim Cummins,  Toronto University

The OECD’s Programme for International Student Achievement (PISA) research shows clearly the extent to which schools in many countries are failing to develop adequate academic skills in the dominant language of the society among immigrant-background students.

The presentation examines what we know about the causes of underachievement among these students and how schools can respond to these causal factors. Research has demonstrated clearly that the roots of underachievement go beyond simply language differences between home and school.

The presentation argues that these three sets of background factors (home-school language switch, socioeconomic status SES, and discrimination) are only potentially causal insofar as they interact with patterns of educational provision and their effects can be at least partially reversed by evidence-based instructional strategies.

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G-salen, vid Arrheniuslaboratorierna, Svante Arrhenius väg 20C.
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