Roma children – school segregation by negative social representation

The main purpose of this paper is to identify and analyse the social perceptions and representations that function at the level of the children majority regarding the Roma ethnicity children, as social determinant of school adaptation and maladjustment.

The main objectives underlined by this research are:

  • The identification of relations established in the classroom, by following behaviours and reciprocal attitudes of Roma and the majority of children.
  • The underlining and the measurement of the adaptation and integration degree of Roma children in the classroom collective and of the group cohesion.
  • The verification of reduced acceptance possibility of Roma children in a classroom formed by a pupils’ majority.
  • The establishment of a correlation between negative social representations and a significantly reduced acceptance degree of Roma children by a collective majority.