Immigrant Stories: Ethnicity and Academics in Middle Childhood

Immigrant Stories: Ethnicity and Academics in Middle Childhood

by Cynthia Garcia Coll, Amy Kerivan Marks
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195174593

ISBN-13: 9780195174595

Pub. Date: 04/03/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Immigrant Stories portrays the contexts and academic trajectories of development of three unique immigrant groups: Cambodian, Dominican and Portuguese. The children of immigrant families - or second generation youth - are the fastest growing population of school children in the US. However, very little is known about these children's academic and psychological

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Immigrant Stories portrays the contexts and academic trajectories of development of three unique immigrant groups: Cambodian, Dominican and Portuguese. The children of immigrant families - or second generation youth - are the fastest growing population of school children in the US. However, very little is known about these children's academic and psychological development during middle childhood. We examine the previously under-explored intricacies of children's emerging cultural attitudes and identities, academic engagement, and academic achievement. These processes are studied alongside a myriad of factors in the family and school environment that combine to shape children's academic psychological functioning during this important period.

Through a three-year longitudinal study, including interviews with teachers, parents and children, this book presents a fascinating look at the community, school, and family contexts of child development among second-generation children. Both pre-immigration and post-immigration characteristics are explored as critical factors for understanding children of immigrants' development. In the current climate of US immigration policy debate, we offer research findings that may inform educators and administrators about the sources of community strengths and challenges facing our newest immigrant generations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195174595
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/03/2009
Series:
Child Development in Cultural Context Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 3.70(d)

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