Panagiotis Giavrimis, Makrina Zafiri, Vasilis Charitos, Adamantios Papastamatis: The conception of the “self” in immigrant children: The case of Albanians in the Greek educational system


The aim of this study is to explore the self-concept of Albanian students, who attend Greek primary schools. Important changes in the last decades have resulted in an influx of immigrants. The school as a secondary institution of socialization plays an important role in the accession of immigrant students. The number of immigrant students in Greece has risen to over 10% of the total number of students in Primary and Secondary Education. The sample of this research consisted of 399 Albanian students in fifth and sixth grade primary schools from the region of Attica. The results of this research showed that foreign students have formulated an identity of the “self” which may or may not be connected to academic factors. It is interesting to note that age, gender, school performance and the parents’ educational level differentiate a student’s self-concept.

 MENON: Journal Of Educational Research, (ISSN: 1792-8494)
Full article: ISSUE 2b, 2013 (p. 110-121)