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Marcelo Suarez-Orozco

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520267176

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520267176.001.0001

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Moving Stories

Moving Stories

Academic Trajectories of Newcomer Immigrant Students

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Writing Immigration

Carola Suárez-Orozco

University of California Press

This chapter reviews some findings from one of the signature social science studies of children of immigrants in the United States. It argues that immigration to America presents both challenges and opportunities that shape students' academic achievement. It identifies varying academic pathways of newcomer adolescent immigrant students over the course of a five-year longitudinal study. The findings are multifaceted and defy sound bites about the nexus between immigration and education: although some newcomer students performed at high or improving levels over time, others showed diminishing performance. It is a complex tale involving school characteristics (including school segregation, school poverty rate, and student perceptions of school violence), family characteristics (including maternal education, paternal employment, household structure, country of origin, and undocumented status), and individual characteristics (including academic English proficiency, academic engagement, psychological symptoms, gender, family separations, and number of school transitions).

Keywords:   United States, immigration, immigrants, education, immigrant children, immigrant students, academic achievement, school violence, family, poverty

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