Child-up research project data available on Aila – the datasets combine data from several countries

Data from the Child-up research project, which finished at the end of June, are now available on FSD’s Aila Data Service. The data reveal the multicultural reality of school environments through the eyes of several target groups.

Six datasets from the Child-up research project were published on FSD’s Aila Data Service at the beginning of July. The Child-up project aims to increase understanding of the experiences of migrant children, adolescents and their guardians in educational institutions, early childhood education and educational communities, as well as the activities of the professionals who work with them.

The data have been collected in Finland, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Poland and the UK. The target groups of the Child-up project encompass kindergarten and school-age children, their parents, teachers, social workers and interpreters.

Main themes of the datasets include multiculturalism, students' backgrounds and supporting diverse students at school. Each dataset combines data from two to seven countries.

“Harmonising such a substantial amount of data into coherent datasets was challenging due to differences between the countries, such as differences in education systems,” says Emilia Hakkola, Information Specialist at FSD.

In addition to the six published quantitative datasets, a qualitative dataset FSD3672 which includes interviews with professionals who work with migrant students will also be published on Aila.

The data are available on Aila for registered users (B) for research, teaching and study. Hakkola suggests that educational science students, for example, could use the materials in their studies.

“The datasets cover interesting themes about multicultural school environments through the eyes of several target groups.”