Teachers’ Explicit Beliefs on students growing up Bilingual: a study in four European Countries (TEBB)

The aim of this project is to develop a joint innovative format for research about educational practices for the inclusion of pupils growing up bilingual and to collect explicit beliefs and perceived efficacy in working in multicultural classes in preservice teachers from different countries.

The research format will be shared by four different European Countries (Italy, Germany, Belgium, Poland) and will allow a pilot investigation to understand cross-country potential differences. The research format will include questionnaires to assess teacher’s beliefs and their disposition towards heritage language.

Further indexes related to students’ curricula will be included.

The project main actions are: 1) to arrange online meetings between the four partners to define the research format; 2) to run a pilot investigation in the four countries involved, collecting data from about 400 preservice teachers in total; 3) to organize a workshop for results dissemination; 4) to make the research format available on the web-site of the project. The current application will allow strengthening and expanding collaborations within UNA EUROPA Universities.

The study may have implications for training and for the development of interventions in educational settings designed to promote the inclusion of students with linguistic minority background. Schools and local Institutions are candidate stakeholders. The project contributes to Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all (Sustainable Development Goals n.4) and adheres to Open Science Principles.