Formal and informal early education of Turkish-origin children in Germany

Becker, Birgit ; Boldin, Elena ; Klein, Oliver

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2016
The title of a journal, publication series: Early Child Development and Care : ECDC
Volume: 186
Issue number: 1
Page range: 173-189
Place of publication: Abingdon [u.a.]
Publishing house: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0300-4430 ; 1476-8275
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: A lack of adequate German language skills is often discussed as a major reason for the disadvantage of children of immigrants in the German educational system. This article analyses the access to formal and informal early education of Turkish-origin children in Germany and the influence of these early education contexts on the children's German language acquisition. We use the frequency of stimulating parent–child activities as an indicator of informal education and the attendance in language instruction programmes at preschool as an indicator of formal education. The empirical results show that the frequency of parent–child activities in Turkish-origin families depends on parents’ social background and German language skills. Language instruction programmes in preschools are most frequently used by children who most likely need such programmes: children with low levels of German language skills. For the development of German language skills, parent–child activities seem to be most important.

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