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A Change in Relational Capital: Through mentoring relationships and homework activities for disadvantaged and new arrival youth in a university setting.
Gothenburg university.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8148-9172
2021 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Our conference presentation dwells on an innovative project revolving around disadvantaged students’ (the majority with immigrant background) participation in homework activities. The theoretical framework is relational pedagogy with a focus on student-mentor relationships in a university setting. The authors used semi-structured interviews combined with observations of the interactions between the participants. The findings are analysed at a micro- and meso-level, based on an interpersonal relational perspective on teaching, Pedagogical Relational Teachership (PeRT) (Ljungblad, 2016, 2019). The popular claim that homework time is positively related to scholastic achievements gains was observed. The findings from this study add to the general knowledge of how participants perceive their school activities and future careers. Furthermore, relational values like connecting, belonging, trusting, including and confidence building emerged between students and mentors over time. The examination of the mentor-student relationships highlights how a relational bonding creates a new interpersonal relational capital that launch a movement with a possible change in social position, in terms of entering future university studies. The results are discussed at a societal level in relation to equity and young people’s possibilities of participating in future university studies. Since the study shows the positive aspects of ‘enriching’ activities supporting immigrant youth in homework activities at university facilities, we encourage other institutions of higher education to open up their premises for similar projects, in order to improve engagement, raise achievement levels and enhance inclusiveness in the larger social fabric.

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2021.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-58866OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-58866DiVA, id: diva2:1746246
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The Role of Universities in Addressing Societal Challenges and Fostering Democracy: Inclusion, Migration, and Education for Citizenship, March 25-26. University of Akureyri, Iceland
Available from: 2023-03-27 Created: 2023-03-27 Last updated: 2024-06-11Bibliographically approved

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