Education can play an important role when creating stability in diverse environments. Children are most actively learning and internalizing values of importance to the functioning of a society when they are of school-going age. An important question that is currently being researched by the ISW is which particular conditions within a diverse school environment can lead to the development of positive relations between children of different cultural groups. Also, the effect of mixed student populations on student performance, both individually and collectively, is being investigated.
Research in this field is, for example, aimed at answering the question of how a school can contribute to the development of those values and attitudes that may support cohesion and tolerance within a student body. The effect of a more structural approach is also being researched, where specially designed educational modules guide the students in developing their own normative notions. Qualities such as compassion and open-mindedness make it easier to bridge cultural differences between people of different cultural backgrounds. An educational setting that teaches people to take advantage of the benefits that diversity has to offer can additionally contribute to increased innovation both within the school and beyond.