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Increasingly multicultural societies have an impact on education and student achievement. Educational challenges posed by family background, socio‐economic context and migration status are not only strongly linked to student performance, they determine student performance over and above the school's influence.* Schools and education systems must therefore seek to overcome such inequalities and at the same time harness the benefits that students and teachers from diverse backgrounds bring to classrooms. A successful school system treats diversity as a source of potential growth rather than an inherent hindrance to student performance. It uses the strength and flexibility of its teachers to draw out this potential, and provides them with the appropriate support and guidance to accomplish this task.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2010-02-01

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