October 33, 2003

The Educational Adjustment of Youth from Immigrant Families

Dr. Andrew Fuligni

Center for Culture and Health
University of California, Los Angeles

The Educational Adjustment of Youth from Immigrant Families

Children from immigrant families currently comprise one-fifth of the population of children in the United States. How this unique group of children adapts and adjusts to American society is a pressing issue for social scientists, educators, and policy makers alike. In this talk, I will summarize a program of research conducted in California and New York City that has focused on how well youth from immigrant families do during high school and the extent to which they attend college. Attention will be paid to the role of cultural values in the students' academic motivation, and how the youth from immigrant families negotiation their sense of obligation to the family with their desire to achieve academic success and pursue postsecondary schooling.

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