Migrant Education: A Reference Handbook

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In this comprehensive primer, author Judith A. Gouwens describes the many factors that complicate the education of migrant children, youth, and adults. For many migrant families, their children's work is necessary if the family is to earn enough money to subsist. Added to this are problems with constantly transferring school records of mobile students, the inability of parents to communicate with teachers and school administrators in their native tongue, and the differences ...

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Overview

In this comprehensive primer, author Judith A. Gouwens describes the many factors that complicate the education of migrant children, youth, and adults. For many migrant families, their children's work is necessary if the family is to earn enough money to subsist. Added to this are problems with constantly transferring school records of mobile students, the inability of parents to communicate with teachers and school administrators in their native tongue, and the differences between Mexico and the United States in the culture of education.

Migrant Education discusses who migrant workers are, the conditions that interfere with the educational success of migrant children, how the issue has been addressed historically, and how to break the cycle of educational disadvantage. It also includes a chronology, directories, and bibliographies.

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Gr 10 Up-The core of each of these titles is a well-written, cogently argued point of view. In her introductory chapter, Gouwens identifies and defines what she means by migrant children, the conditions they face, and the quality of their schools. She follows this information with an extensive discussion of the historical efforts and problems in serving this population, the programs that are in place for them, and some exemplary programs. She offers recommendations for improving the quality of educational services to migrant children and concludes with an annotated list of agencies and organizations that assist them. Assessment focuses on the movement, begun in the 1980s, to reform testing procedures in schools. Janesick strongly asserts that "typical" assessment methods (i.e., standardized tests) are grievously flawed and that alternative methods, particularly those based on student portfolios, represent authentic assessment. She makes an excellent, passionate case that is well documented. Both of these reference handbooks present only one side of the debate, despite subtitles that might suggest otherwise. However, they include substantial annotated bibliographies for book and other resources. School and public libraries will want these volumes for students and professionals exploring some of the central issues in education today.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576073384
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/14/2001
  • Series: Contemporary Education Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Chronology 25
Ch. 3 Migrant Education in the United States: A Historical Perspective 33
Ch. 4 Migrant Education Programs Today 75
Ch. 5 Exemplary and Innovative Migrant Education Programs 103
Ch. 6 Putting it All Together: Net-TLC+ 145
Ch. 7 Directory of Organizations, Associations, and Government Agencies 167
Ch. 8 Print and Nonprint Resources 199
Index 209
About the Author 229
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