Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society

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Harvard University Press, 2008 - Education - 426 pages
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One child in five in America is the child of immigrants, and their numbers increase each year. Very few will return to the country they barely remember. Who are they, and what America do they know?

Based on an extraordinary interdisciplinary study that followed 400 newly arrived children from the Caribbean, China, Central America, and Mexico for five years, this book provides a compelling account of the lives, dreams, and frustrations of these youngest immigrants. Richly told portraits of high and low achievers are packed with unexpected ironies. When they arrive, most children are full of optimism and a respect for education. But poor neighborhoods and dull--often dangerous--schools can corrode hopes. The vast majority learn English--but it is the English of video games and the neighborhood, not that of standardized tests.

For some of these children, those heading off to college, America promises to be a land of dreams. These lucky ones have often benefited from caring mentors, supportive teachers, or savvy parents. For others, the first five years are marked by disappointments, frustrations, and disenchantment. How can we explain their varied academic journeys?

The children of immigrants, here to stay, are the future--and how they adapt will determine the nature of America in the twenty-first century.

 

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I've read a lot of books this first year of grad school, but this is easily my favorite read. This book is the result of a comprehensive landmark five-year study following approximately 400 immigrant ... Read full review

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An insightful longitudinal study of first generation students in American schools. Great combination of quantitative and qualitative data. Read full review

Contents

Academic Engagement and Performance
30
Networks of Relationships
55
LessThanOptimal Schools
88
The Challenge of Learning English
146
Portraits of Declining Achievers
167
Portraits of Low Achievers
228
Portraits of Improvers
261
Portraits of High Achievers
296
Immigration Policy Dilemmas
359
Notes
379
References
394
Acknowledgments
414
Index
419
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Marcelo M. Su rez-Orozco is The Courtney Sale Ross UniversitMarcelo M. Su rez-Orozco is The Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education and Co-director oy Professor of Globalization and Education and Co-director of Immigration Studies at New York University. He is also Co-f Immigration Studies at New York University. He is also Co-Director of the Institute for Globalization and Education inDirector of the Institute for Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings. He is coeditor, with Mariela M. P ez Metropolitan Settings. He is coeditor, with Mariela M. P ez, of "Latinos: Remaking America, " coeditor, with Desir e Ba, of "Latinos: Remaking America, " coeditor, with Desir e Baolian Qin-Hilliard, of "Globalization: Culture and Educationolian Qin-Hilliard, of "Globalization: Culture and Education" in the New Millennium (both from UC Press), and is the aut" in the New Millennium (both from UC Press), and is the author of many other books. hor of many other books.

Irina Todorova is an international health psychology consultant in Boston.

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