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Axe de recherche prioritaire Education: Focusing on Multilingualism and Diversity




Education: Focusing on Multilingualism and Diversity

Multilingualism and diversity is a reality in many societies in Europe and across the world. Due to globalization and migration, multilingual and intercultural communication has become common practice in business, science and education.

In many countries – Luxembourg is an excellent example for this phenomenon – multilingualism and multiculturalism also form an important part of the nation’s history and identity. Moreover, the traditionally multilingual Luxembourg has a significant proportion of immigrants and border commuters and welcomes a large international community, whose population has a variety of cultural, religious and social backgrounds.

Diversity in research

In the field of education, diversity constitutes an opportunity but also presents major challenges. For example, empirical evidence has demonstrated that pupils with a low socio-economic background are severely disadvantaged in school, especially if they have linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. The problem of equity, fairness and norms in education is one of the most urgent problems in the current situation and asks for innovative thinking and research approaches

The University of Luxembourg addressed these challenges through the creation of a research priority in the field of education, focusing on multilingualism and diversity.We bring together researchers from across disciplines working in a broad and interdisciplinary range of research fields, such as Educational Sciences and Didactics, Linguistics, Psychology, Cognition and Neuroscience, History, Sociology and Anthropology.

The research priority is divided into the following five strands:

  • Multilingualism, Early Childhood Development and Education 
  • Multilingualism Across Schooling and Tertiary Education
  • Assessment and Diagnostics in Multilingual Contexts
  • Education Systems, Inclusion and Diversity
  • Migration, Language Trajectories and Informal Learning

Picture: Research priority steering committee from left to right: Gabriele Budach, Andreas Hadjar, Adelheid Hu, Antoine Fischbach, Constanze Weth, Christine Schiltz and Peter Voss.