The Bilingual Self-Esteem - A theoretical analysis of immigrant students and the Norwegian school system
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- Institutt for psykologi 
Research indicates that bilingual students are often at risk of academic underachievement. This study took to investigate this further by examining bilingual students’ motivation in relation to their academic achievement, and to which extent self-esteem may be a contributing factor. The study lays emphasis on bilingual students with immigrant background. Different theoretical explanations for academic underachievement are discussed however, the study ends up introducing its own explanation, the bilingual self-esteem. Furthermore, a review of the Norwegian school system is carried out to investigate how the government and the schools have approached the issue of academic underachievement amongst bilingual students. Moreover, the study proposes different solutions on how to better the measures that exist today in the Norwegian school system.