Italian Family Values and Ethnic Identity in Australian Schools

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The article examines the family values and ethnic identity of a group of tertiary students of Italian ancestry in Australia through an analysis of their narrative accounts. The participants were asked to write about their life experiences with respect to the interaction of cultural values both within the family and in school settings. The personal statements showed that the ingroup solidarity and outgroup rivalry experienced by many of the participants grew more intense during the high school years. It was also clear from the investigation that all participants, both those who were studying Italian at University at the time of the survey and those who were not, stressed the importance of family values in developing their sense of ethnic identity.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7459/ept/24.2.04

Affiliations: 1: University of South Australia 2: University of Adelaide

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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  • Educational Practice and Theory is a bi-annual, independent, refereed journal which, since its launch in 1978, has become an important independent forum for original ideas in education. It publishes innovative and original research in the area. Its focus is both applied and theoretical and it seeks articles from a diverse range of themes and countries.
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