ERIC Number: ED234642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Schooling Abroad on the Socioeconomic and Language Patterns of First Generation Hispanics and East Asians.
Lopez, David E.
The relationship between schooling in the English language abroad and the subsequent acculturation and attainments of Hispanic and Asian immigrants to the United States was investigated. Data were obtained from the 1976 Survey of Income and Education. For the analysis, educational background factors were related to socioeconomic and language measures. Thirty-one percent of the Asians and 3 percent of the Hispanics reported English schooling abroad. Previous study of English produced measurable socioeconomic and English language ability advantages for both Hispanic and Asian immigrants. Education in English was a bigger factor for Asians than for Hispanic immigrants, both in terms of its differentiating effect within the broad ethnic group and in terms of the proportion of individuals who had the advantage. For Hispanics, the important factor seems to be whether or not they had any schooling before immigrating. However, schooling abroad only partially explained the differences in educational and income attainment among Asian and Hispanic immigrants to the United States. It is concluded that two factors must be taken into account whenever any comparison among Asian and Hispanic immigrants is conducted: (1) Asian immigrants are ten times more likely to have had schooling in English before emigrating, and (2) they generally have higher prior education levels. (RW)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Asian Americans, Economic Status, Educational Attainment, English (Second Language), Hispanic Americans, Immigrants, Language of Instruction, Predictor Variables, Surveys
National Center for Bilingual Research, 4665 Lampson Ave., Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Bilingual Research, Los Alamitos, CA.