The Students’ Reflections on Social Exclusion Studies

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This paper documents the results of a research study, a part of which was presented in last year’s Diversity conference. In particular, the study reveals future teachers’ views on diversity and social exclusion. It is a study conducted in an Education Department with a strong inclusive profile and it involves students from diverse groups, i.e., disabled students, students from minority groups and students from the mainstream. The present study will present the analysis of a questionnaire, aiming at exploring the way the Department’s philosophy affects the students’ construction of the issue of diversity. The paper will discuss the students’ responses to eight questions that aim at revealing: the students’ definitions of social exclusion, their experiences with socially excluded people, instances of exclusionary practice they may have experienced in the Department, their appraisal of social exclusion courses offered by the Department, as well as their suggestions for improving the content and implementation of these courses. Data analysis suggests a divergence at least at two levels: 1. the Department’s professed philosophy and practice and 2. departmental intention for combating social exclusion and students’ perception of it.


Keywords: University, Social Exclusion Studies, Diversity
Stream: Race and Racism
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: , Students’ Reflections on Social Exclusion


Prof. Evangelia Tressou

Professor, Pedagogics and Social Exclusion Studies
Thessaloniki, Greece


Prof. Soula Mitakidou

Professor, Pedagogics and Social Exclusion Studies
Thessaloniki, Greece


Prof. Panagiota Karagianni

Lecturer, Department Of Education, University Of Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki, -, Greece


Ref: D08P0330