FSD3441 Child-up: Survey for Children and Young People 2019


  • Kuusipalo, Paula (Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences)
  • Kinossalo, Maiju (Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences)
  • Sihto, Jaakko (Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences)
  • Tiilikka, Tiina (Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences)
  • Raziano, Alissia (Liège University)
  • Drößler, Thomas (Zentrum für Forschung, Weiterbildung und Beratung an der Dresden)
  • Rohr, Margund K. (Zentrum für Forschung, Weiterbildung und Beratung an der Dresden)
  • Wächter, Franziska (Zentrum für Forschung, Weiterbildung und Beratung an der Dresden)
  • Amadasi, Sara (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
  • Ballestri, Chiara (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
  • Baraldi, Claudio (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
  • Struzik, Justyna (Jagiellonian University in Krakow)
  • Slusarczyk, Magdalena (Jagiellonian University in Krakow)
  • Warat, Marta (Jagiellonian University in Krakow)
  • Righard, Erica (Malmö University)
  • Harju, Anne (Malmö University)
  • Svensson Källberg, Petra (Malmö University)
  • Frisch, Morten (Malmö University)
  • Farini, Federico (University of Northampton)
  • Murray, Jane (University of Northampton)
  • Woodbridge-Dodd, Kim (University of Northampton)
  • Prokopiou, Eva (University of Northampton)
  • Scollan, Angela (University of Northampton)


children, cultural pluralism, immigrants, lower secondary schools, participation, primary schools, schoolchildren, schools, second languages, social interaction, teachers


The survey charted the experiences of children and young people regarding language skills, multilingual communication, and success at school. The data were collected as part of the Child-up research project, which aims to enhance understanding on the experiences of migrant children, young people, and their guardians regarding school, pre-school, and educational communities, as well as the experiences of the professionals working with them. The data were collected in Finland, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Poland, and Great Britain. The research project was funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation funding programme.

First, the respondents were asked which languages they used at home, in class, during break time, and with friends, as well as how they would evaluate their skills in the local language. If the respondents' native language was not the local language, they were asked whether they got help or could use translation in their native language during class. The respondents' views on various statements, such as whether they liked going to school, could understand everything their teacher told them, and thought school tasks were easy, were surveyed. The respondents were also asked, for example, whether they listened to their teacher, collaborated with their classmates, and could speak freely about their views on different things.

Next, challenging situations the respondents had encountered in school were examined. The respondents were asked whether they had experienced new and unfamiliar situations or surroundings or any kind of trouble at school, as well as how they had managed to overcome such situations (e.g. by getting help from their family or teacher, or by talking to school staff or a friend). Finally, the respondents were asked about their social relationships at school. Questions included, for example, whether the respondents felt close to their classmates, had friends in their class, felt closer to those who spoke their language, and got along with their teachers.

Background variables included the respondent's gender, age, ISCED level of their school, country of birth, parents' country of birth, mother tongue, immigrant background, and the type of the family's accommodation.

Study description in machine readable DDI 2.0 format

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