Nowadays Italy is experiencing a structural, stable and multigenerational migratory presence in which new generations have been increasingly gaining access to the highest social and educational levels, including university. The educational choices young people make are influenced by their social, cultural and economic background as well as by their parents or other significant adults’ cultural background. This paper aims to examine the challenges and the resources faced by young immigrants when they continue to university. Despite the fact that several researchers explored the presence of second-generation students in primary and secondary schools, the state of research on second- generation students enrolled in Italian Universities is still very poor. After a brief focus on the presence of second-generation students within the Italian university system, the paper will highlight the case of the University of Bologna. Through research that was completed employing a variety of methods, including 537 questionnaires and 30 interviews, the paper aims to explain, through the words of the interviewees, the students’ motivations for the choice of long-term educational paths and the role played by family, teachers and educational institutions in inspiring that choice.

The Educational Trajectories of Second-Generation Students Towards Higher Education: Motivations, Family’s Role and “Institutional” Bias

Bozzetti
2018

Abstract

Nowadays Italy is experiencing a structural, stable and multigenerational migratory presence in which new generations have been increasingly gaining access to the highest social and educational levels, including university. The educational choices young people make are influenced by their social, cultural and economic background as well as by their parents or other significant adults’ cultural background. This paper aims to examine the challenges and the resources faced by young immigrants when they continue to university. Despite the fact that several researchers explored the presence of second-generation students in primary and secondary schools, the state of research on second- generation students enrolled in Italian Universities is still very poor. After a brief focus on the presence of second-generation students within the Italian university system, the paper will highlight the case of the University of Bologna. Through research that was completed employing a variety of methods, including 537 questionnaires and 30 interviews, the paper aims to explain, through the words of the interviewees, the students’ motivations for the choice of long-term educational paths and the role played by family, teachers and educational institutions in inspiring that choice.
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