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Using Cultural Brokering Strategies to Improve the Early Childhood Education of Roma, Gypsy and Traveller Children: Case Studies from the UK and Serbia

Klaus, Sarah Maria; (2019) Using Cultural Brokering Strategies to Improve the Early Childhood Education of Roma, Gypsy and Traveller Children: Case Studies from the UK and Serbia. Doctoral thesis (Ed.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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This thesis explores the use of cultural brokering to promote the inclusion of Roma children in early childhood education through examining case studies of the Traveller Education Support Services in the UK and Pedagogic Assistants in Serbia. It suggests that cultural brokers add value to systems through extending the social capital of marginalised communities by linking them with broader social institutions. It uses Bronfenbrenner’s ecological model of human development as a tool for understanding the value of integrating cultural brokers at various levels of early education, and specifically in both early education services (preschools and primary schools) as well as at municipal levels. It develops a definition of cultural brokering in early childhood education, which incorporates four key functions: 1) provision of direct support to children, families, preschools and schools; 2) liaising between communities and early education services; 3) enabling linkages of families with other necessary resources and services; and, 4) serving as advocates and role models to support social inclusion and counter discriminatory practices. It creates an argument for extending cultural brokering across early childhood education systems to support social inclusion of the most marginalised groups and illustrates the importance of strong engagement of both national and municipal governments in establishing enabling conditions. Finally, this thesis suggests that significantly improving the social inclusion of the Roma population in Europe will require earlier and more complex interventions that support children’s development well before they enter the formal education system.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ed.D
Title: Using Cultural Brokering Strategies to Improve the Early Childhood Education of Roma, Gypsy and Traveller Children: Case Studies from the UK and Serbia
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2019. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10066139
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