Dionisia Kontogianni, Η επίδραση του οικογενειακού περιβάλλοντος στην εκπαιδευτική προσαρμογή νηπίων ινδικής καταγωγής, Προσχολική & Σχολική Εκπαίδευση, 7|2019, 19-36

The present study focuses on families of Indian immigrants. The subjects in question come from the state of Panjab and have a Sikh religion.  Purpose of the study is to show the linguistic and sociocultural conditions that the Indian preschoolers experience in their family life in Greece. As long as the family is the basic area of the children’ socialization, the culture that the children experience in their family environment specifies the linguistic and cultural background when they start attending the Greek preschool. The data of the case-study in question were gathered through the interviews given by eleven parents of the preschoolers and three kindergarten teachers. What the data analysis has shown is a tendency of linguistic and sociocultural separation of the families from the dominant language and culture. This separation has a direct impact on the children’ adaptation at school. The tendency that the analysis has shown is related to the desire of the family to preserve the ethnocultural and religious identity of their country and is increased due to the restricted role of the woman inside the family and the community. It is also supported by the social role that the temple built by the Indian community at Rethymno plays.

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