Gabrijela Aleksic

Gabrijela Aleksic

Research scientist

Faculté ou Centre Faculté des Sciences Humaines, des Sciences de l'Éducation et des Sciences Sociales​
Department Département Sciences comportementales et cognitives
Adresse postale Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Bureau sur le campus MSH, E04 25-200
E-mail
Téléphone (+352) 46 66 44 9679
Fax (+352) 46 66 44 39679

I graduated pedagogy at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, and leadership and developmental youth work at the University of Jönkoping, Sweden. As a young youth worker I worked in war-affected areas in ex-Yugoslavia by creating the series of workshops for children. My interest in early childhood education and critical preschool years started to develop.

I obtained my Master degree in psychology at the University of Luxembourg regarding the topic of cultural differences in empathy, self-esteem and self-disclosure of adolescents from different countries. Cultural psychology took an important place in my research endeavours. Topics such as child rearing practices, empathy, conflicts, humour, identity, and future time perspectives of intercultural intimate relationships started blossoming and produced nine excellent Bachelor theses (project INTOCUL).

The importance of home language of immigrant children for their school success was the topic of my PhD thesis at the University of Luxembourg (project PIPS). This PhD thesis won the award for scientific excellence and novelty in all disciplines. With this work I developed a particular interest in early reading, mathematics, socio-emotional skills and multilingualism of preschool immigrant children. This is crucial for children’s school success and many important academic and job decisions later in their life. For the first time, I analysed studies in Europe where I found that the bilingual programs were effective for academic achievement of immigrant children. This meta-analysis was published in a prestigious Journal in Education, Review of Educational Research.

Following the award, I received an FNR grant to work as a visiting researcher at the City University of New York focusing on multilingual pedagogies and practices of young immigrant children. I used this opportunity to interview, learn and be supported by the experts in the area of literacy and bilingualism: Ofelia García (CUNY New York), Catherine Snow (Harvard), Jim Cummins (University of Toronto), Nancy Hornberger (Penn GSE), and Ellen Bialystok (University of Toronto).

Overall, I am passionate about early childhood education, emergent reading, mathematics, socio-emotional skills, and multilingualism of preschool children. I have a specific interest in cultural psychology. To explore the richness of these topics I develop interdisciplinary projects in which I include preschool immigrant children, their parents and teachers. Such project is Home Literacy Environment and Family Language Policy of Language Minority Children in Luxembourg (HOMELY).  I create longitudinal studies, where I analyse the data with advanced statistical modelling I teach to my Master students (project PIPS). Whenever possible, I interview and invite for collaboration all the important actors responsible for the child development at home and at school. I then create projects that are directly corresponding to the expressed needs such as teachers’ need for professional development in multilingual pedagogies (project TRANSLA). Interdisciplinarity, availability, curiosity, empathy, and intellectual flexibility are important for my work. Doing research is exciting for me as I believe in discovery and sharing.

My profile on https://orcid.org: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5382-6637

Last updated on: lundi 05 avril 2021



Last updated on: 24 mars 2021

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2022

See detailExperiencing Culture in Intimate Intercultural Relationships
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Book published by Information Age Publications (2022)

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2021

See detailMara's song
Aleksic, Gabrijela

Book published by Self-published (2021)

See detailSumak, o pescador e o menino
Aleksic, Gabrijela

Book published by Self-published (2021)

See detailMaras Lied
Aleksic, Gabrijela

Book published by Self-published (2021)

See detailSumak, le pêcheur et le garçon
Aleksic, Gabrijela

Book published by Self-published (2021)

See detailSumak, ribar i dečak
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Book published by Self-published (2021)

See detailLa chanson de Mara
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See detailA Canção de Mara
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See detailMarina pesma
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Book published by Self-published (2021)

See detailSumak, the fisherman, and the boy
Aleksic, Gabrijela

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See detailSumak, der Fischer und der Junge
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See detailTranslanguaging program for teachers - website
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Learning material (2021)

See detailTeacher education in translanguaging to achieve social justice?
Aleksic, Gabrijela

Scientific Conference (2021, April 29)

See detailProjects, plans and publications
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Presentation (2021, April 20)

See detailDrama of Multilingualism: Literature Review and Liberation
Aleksic, Gabrijela

Book published by Information Age Publications (2021)

See detailTRANSLA results 2019-2020
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Bebić, Džoen Dominique

Presentation (2021, February 26)

See detailResults of the project TRANSLA
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Bebić-Crestany, Džoen Dominique

Scientific Conference (2021, April 21)

See detailThe role of LEGO in numeracy development: A case study
Eimer, Tabea; Zhang, Qian; Aleksic, Gabrijela

in Xu, Shuang Shuang; Marsico, Giuseppina (Eds.) Where culture grows: Social ecology of a Chinese kindergarten (2021)

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See detailMultilingual education in early years in Luxembourg: a paradigm shift?
Kirsch, Claudine; Aleksic, Gabrijela

in International Journal of Multilingualism (2021)

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See detailMultilingual practices and literacies in Luxembourg: perspectives from teachers, parents and children
Kirsch, Claudine; Aleksic, Gabrijela; Bebić, Džoen Dominique; Kemp, Valérie; Verba, Iryna

Scientific Conference (2021, April 21)

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2020

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See detailTranslanguaging course for preschool teachers to disrupt inequalities
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Bebić, Džoen Dominique

Presentation (2020, November 12)

See detailA professional development course in translanguaging: Teachers’ beliefs and attitudes
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Bebić, Džoen Dominique

Scientific Conference (2020, August)

See detailA professional development course in translanguaging: Challenges and opportunities
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Bebić, Džoen Dominique

Scientific Conference (2020, April)

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See detailParents, schools and multilingual children
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Bebic, Dzoen Dominique

Conference given outside the academic context (2020)

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See detailWord recognition and reading comprehension of preschool children in Serbia
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Merrell, Christine; Tymms, Peter; Lucija, Andre; Dieter, Ferring

in European Journal of Psychology of Education (2020)

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See detailDeveloping multilingual practices in early childhood education through a professional development in Luxembourg
Kirsch, Claudine; Aleksic, Gabrijela; Mortini, Simone; Andersen, Katja Natalie

in International Multilingual Research Journal (2020), 4

See detailCollaboration with parents and multiliteracy in early childhood education
Kirsch, Claudine; Neumann, Sascha; Aleksic, Gabrijela; Kemp, Valérie; Colucci, Laura

Scientific Conference (2020, October 09)

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2019

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See detailDeveloping Multilingual Pedagogies in Early Childhood: a review of the project MuLiPEC
Aleksic, Claudine; Aleksic, Gabrijela; Mortini, Simone; Andersen, Katja Natalie; Di Letizia, Laurence

Scientific Conference (2019, November 27)

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See detailHome literacy environment and family language policy of immigrant families in Luxembourg
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Bebic, Dzoen Dominique

Scientific Conference (2019, December 18)

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See detailTeachers’ translanguaging stance, design, and shifts in a professional development course
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Bebic, Dzoen Dominique

Scientific Conference (2019, October 28)

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See detailTranslanguaging Course for Teachers
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Bebic-Crestany, Dzoen

Scientific Conference (2019, July 01)

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See detailThe Importance of Socio-Emotional Skills and Behaviour in Preschool for Later Outcomes
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Christine, Merrell; Peter, Tymms

Scientific Conference (2019, April 18)

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See detailA professional development course in translanguaging: Challenges and opportunities
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Dzoen, Bebic-Crestany

Scientific Conference (2019, November 27)

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2018

See detailTranslanguaging and Linguistic Creativity and Criticality
Aleksic, Gabrijela

Presentation (2018, May 25)

See detailEarly education, literacy and multilingualism
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Presentation (2018, February 08)

See detailEmergent Multilinguals Learning Languages with the iPad app iTEO
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Kirsch, Claudine

Scientific Conference (2018, June 22)

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See detailLinks between socio-emotional skills, behaviour, mathematics and literacy performance of preschool children in Serbia
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Merrell, Christine; Ferring, Dieter; Tymms, Peter; Klemenovic, Jasmina

in European Journal of Psychology of Education (2018)

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See detailThe effect of Professional Development on Multilingual Education in Early Childhood in Luxembourg
Kirsch, Claudine; Aleksic, Gabrijela

in Review of European Studies (2018), 10(4), 148-163

See detailThe influence of a professional development on teachers’ and carers’ multilingual practices in early childhood education in Luxembourg
Kirsch, Claudine; Aleksic, Gabrijela; Andersen, Katja Natalie

Scientific Conference (2018, November 08)

See detailPerspectives on Translanguaging as a Pedagogy in Luxembourg
Kirsch, Claudine; Aleksic, Gabrijela; Mortini, Simone; Degano, Sarah; Andersen, Katja Natalie

Presentation (2018, April 10)

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See detailDialog. Une publication du projet « Developing multilingual pedagogies in early childhood »
Kirsch, Claudine; Mortini, Simone; Andersen, Katja Natalie; Aleksic, Gabrijela

Learning material (2018)

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See detailThe ability to read numbers: A universal measure?
Tymms, Peter; Aleksic, Gabrijela; Bartholo, Tiago; Boereboom, John; Ivanova, Alina; Howie, Sarah; Hongyun, Liu; Kardanova, Elena; Koslinski, Mariane Campelo; Merrell, Christine; Vidmar, Masa; Wildly, Helen

in AERA (2018)

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2017

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See detailThe role of humour in intimate intercultural relationships
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in The 9th European IACPP Conference (2017, July)

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2016

See detailFinal Report for the INTER Mobility BiFaLy
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Report (2016)

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2015

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See detailA meta-analysis of the effectiveness of bilingual programs in Europe
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Ferring, Dieter; Martin, Romain

in Language, Education and Diversity Conference (2015, November)

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See detailThe Importance of home language for academic achievement of language minority children
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Ferring, Dieter; Martin, Romain

in 10th International Symposium on Bilingualism (2015, May)

See detailA meta-analysis of the effectiveness of bilingual programs in Europe
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Ferring, Dieter; Martin, Romain

Scientific Conference (2015, March)

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See detailA meta-analysis on the effectiveness of bilingual programs in Europe
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Ferring, Dieter; Martin, Romain

in Review of Educational Research (2015), 85(1), 92-128

See detailFinal Report for Bilan Precoce 2015 for the Ministry of National Education, Childhood and Youth
Ferring, Dieter; Dujardin, Céline; Schiltz Klees, Lisa; Aleksic, Gabrijela

Report (2015)

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See detailPersonalization of Virtual Coaching Applications Using Procedural Modeling
Zmugg, Rene; Braun, Andreas; Roelofsma, Peter; Thaller, Wolfgang; Moeskops, Lisette; Havemann, Sven; Aleksic, Gabrijela; Fellner, Dieter

in ICT4AgeingWell 2015 (2015, May)

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2014

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Aleksic, Gabrijela; Ferring, Dieter; Martin, Romain

in International Congress on Education, Innovation and Learning Technologies (2014, July)

See detailA meta-analysis of the effectiveness of bilingual programs in Europe
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Ferring, Dieter; Martin, Romain

Scientific Conference (2014, June)

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2013

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See detailA l'école les programmes bilingues sont très efficaces
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Article for general public (2013)

See detailVirtual Coach Reaches Out To Me
Aleksic, Gabrijela

Conference given outside the academic context (2013)

See detailVirtual Coach Reaches Out To Me
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Conference given outside the academic context (2013)

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See detailDoppelt halt besser
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Article for general public (2013)

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See detailPortugiesen im Nachteil
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Article for general public (2013)

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See detailA meta-analysis of the effectiveness of bilingual programs in Europe
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Ferring, Dieter; Martin, Romain

in The 9th International Symposium on Bilingualism (2013, June)

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See detailIdentification of predictors of emergent literacy
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Merrell, Christine; Ferring, Dieter; Martin, Romain; Andre, Lucija; Klemenovic, Jasmina

in The 16th European Conference on Developmental Psychology (2013, September)

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See detailEvaluation of V2me: A Virtual Coaching System for Loneliness Prevention and Intervention
Roelofsma, Peter; Ferring, Dieter; Aleksic, Gabrijela

in Medicine 2.0: Social Media, Mobile Apps and Internet/Web 2.0 (2013, September)

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2012

See detailStay connected! Preventing social isolation in old age: Potential of the ICT use in AAL
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Ferring, Dieter

Scientific Conference (2012, March)

See detailStay connected! Preventing social isolation and loneliness in old age by using virtual networks
Aleksic, Gabrijela; Ferring, Dieter

Scientific Conference (2012, March)

See detail“Why do we need it?” – An analysis of the affective-motivational factors in the use of assistive technologies
Ferring, Dieter; Aleksic, Gabrijela; Roelofsma, Peter

Scientific Conference (2012)

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See detailSocial media use in old age: User profiles, effects, best practices
Leist, Anja; Aleksic, Gabrijela; Ferring, Dieter

in Gerontologist (2012), 52(S1), 563-564

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See detail“Where do we go from here?” – A preliminary evaluation of the EU Ambient Assisted Programs
Roelofsma, Peter; Ferring, Dieter; Aleksic, Gabrijela

in Abstract paper of the AAL Forum 2012 (2012)

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2011

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2010

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2009

See detailTheater and performance in Eastern Europe, the changing scene - A book review.
Popovic, Jelena; Aleksic, Gabrijela

in The Journal for Drama in Education (2009), 25(2), 54-61

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2008

See detailEmpathy, self-esteem, distress, and drama
Aleksic, Gabrijela

in Journal for Drama in Education (2008), 24(1), 6-14

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2007

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