ERIC Number: ED178120
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Persistence of Indochinese Refugee Students Enrolled in Developmental Studies.
Moten, Charlyne H.
After the 1975 political upheaval in Indochina, many Indochinese refugees settled in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, area. A number of them enrolled in Harrisburg Area Community College between January, 1976, and December, 1977, primarily in developmental courses because of their lack of formal training in English. A study was conducted to determine: (1) the Indochinese refugee student population during this period, (2) the developmental courses in which they were enrolled, (3) the number who successfully completed each course in the first attempt, (4) the number who failed, (5) the number who successfully repeated each course, and (6) the number who withdrew from each course. During the study period, 138 Indochinese students were enrolled in one or more developmental courses which included English as a Second Language, English Essentials, Developmental Reading, and Essentials of Mathematics. The data revealed that though slightly more than half of the students successfully completed the developmental English courses in their first attempt, 80% successfully completed developmental mathematics the first time. The study recommends assessing the needs of these students and increasing their exchange of culture with the other college students. A literature review, bibliography, and a composition by a refugee student are included. (DD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Failure, Acculturation, Community Colleges, Cultural Exchange, Developmental Reading, Developmental Studies Programs, Developmental Vocabulary, Disadvantaged, English (Second Language), Indochinese, Non English Speaking, Refugees, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Mathematics, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed. D. Practicum, Nova University