Lifelong Learning and the Roma Minority in Central and Eastern Europe

Andrea Óhidy
University of Education in Freiburg, Germany

Katalin R. Forray
University of Debrecen, Hungary

Product Details
30 Sep 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
240 pages - 152 x 229mm
Access, attainment and success of Roma people in education are at a crisis point across Europe. Recent research has revealed that Roma people are the most underrepresented group in schools and other educational institutions. Policy makers across Central and Eastern Europe face the challenge of reversing the disadvantaged situation of the Roma minority. There is a whole host of policy strategies, measures and projects across Europe which offer similar solutions on national, regional and local levels. 

This book discusses the current educational climate and the impact of these policy measures for Roma people in eight Central and Eastern European countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. There is a severe lack of information about the Roma people in the public domain. This book seeks to raise awareness of this forgotten minority and evaluate the policies implemented to integrate the Roma people into the education system, using many different cultural perspectives written by experts across Central and Eastern Europe. 

This book will prove invaluable to those in the field of comparative education, educational leaders and practitioners in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond.
Introduction: Lifelong Learning and the Roma Minority in Central and Eastern Europe; Katalin R. Forray and Andrea Óhidy. 
Chapter 1. Bottom up, Top down and Human Rights - Roma Organizations, Policy Frameworks and European Institutions; Natascha Hofmann 
Chapter 2. The Roma minority in the education system of Bulgaria; Milena Ivova Ilieva 
Chapter 3. The education situation of the Roma minority in Croatia; Goran Lapat and Renata Miljević-Riđički
Chapter 4. Roma Minority in the Czech Republic; Markéta Levínská, Dana Bitternová and David Doubek 
Chapter 5. Roma population in Hungary - focusing on educational opportunities; Julianna Boros and Eszter Gergy
Chapter 6. Roma in the education system in the Republic of Moldova; Maria Diacon  
Chapter 7. The Roma community in Poland – the share of the population and its spatial distribution; Agnieszka Świętek and Wiktor Osuch 
Chapter 8. Lifelong Learning for Roma in Romania; Aurora Adina Colomeischi 
Chapter 9. Education of the Roma Minority in Slovakia; Rastislav Rosinský 
Conclusion: Participation and success of Central and Eastern European Roma in education and lifelong learning: common challenge, similar solutions and hitherto unsatisfactory results; Andrea Óhidy
Andrea Óhidy is Professor and Head of the Institute of Education Sciences at the University of Education in Freiburg, Germany. Her research interests include educational policy in the European Union, lifelong learning, teacher training and pedagogic professionalism. 
Katalin R. Forray is Emeritus Professor at the University of Debrecen, Hungary. She is the founder and member of the Doctoral School for Education at the University of Pécs. Her research interests include the integration of minorities, multiculturalism, social, economic and regional factors in the institutional system of education, and women in education.
'This book provides rich and structured information about the situation of the Roma minority in eight European countries and is an inspiring read for a broader scientific readership, including students at all levels. It also gives more advanced students from fields of social sciences and humanities a varied, handy overview and synthesis of recent research about Lifelong Learning and the Roma Minority in Central and Eastern Europe.' - Dr Anja Franz, Review published in International Dialogues on Education: Past and Present, Vol. 7, Issue 1, 2020

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