Report of focus group research for the Wise project
For us it was easier to do this research as a questionnaire, mostly because we ran out of days to finish before the deadline agreed upon in the project.
The research was done in the period may 4. – may. 15. 2009 in two of the VoPro adult education centres. Our main informants were 83 immigrants from 24 countries and 11 teachers/staff people from the centres.
We had one form to fill in for each of the two informant groups. (see appendix )
1. Result of the questionnaire for immigrants:
What we know about the people who answered:
83 immigrants from all over the world, but unfortunately none from the Baltic countries!
Thailand 14, Burma 12, Poland 9, Pakistan 8, Iraq 5, Sri Lanka 4, Tsjetjenia 4, Somalia 3, Philipinnes 3, Iran 2, India 2, Brasil 2, USA 1, Russia 1, China 1, Congo 1, Afghanistan 1, Cuba 1, Turkey 1, Kosovo 1, The Netherlands 1, Rwanda 1, Ghana 1 and Indonesia 1.
64 women and 19 men
Oldest 55 years and youngest 17. Average age all: 32 years.
Residence time in Norway:
Longest time in Norway was 22 years, the shortest 5 month.
Average: 2,9 years
These were the answers to my questions:
Question 1. How soon did you understand the local culture (Set a mark/ X)
5 - Soon
36 - After a few months
28 - After 1 year
29 -T here is much I still don`t understand
It takes some time to understand local culture, but a majority feels they understand it after some months – 1 year. Many answering “There is much a still don`t understand” also said that they understood the culture after a few months/1 year.
Question 2. What have you showed/displayed of your own culture in your new society?
43 - Clothes
59 - Food
23 - Religion
26 - Song/music
Majority for food and clothes, very few for art. Obvious?
Question 3. Do you think Norwegians are interested in your culture?
60 - Yes
34 - No
41% thinks that Norwegians are not interested in their culture. But still a nice majority who means we are interested.
Question 4. If they are interested, which sides of your culture?
24 - Clothes
58 - Food
26 - Religion
32 - Song/music
20 - Art
Maybe we should have had more alternatives? Food is the number one choice....
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