ERIC Number: ED096069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jul
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Appalachian Migrant Students in Cincinnati Public Schools.
Wagner, Thomas E.
In numerous midwestern industrial cities, the greatest influx of rural urban migrants is from the southern Appalachia region. The migrant mountaineer comes from a rural way of life which emphasizes individualism, traditionalism, self-reliance, and strong loyality to an extended family peer group. In the urban environment, the migrant finds himself in a culture that is time-oriented, organization conscious, and where peer groups develop from casual relationships. Many eventually adjust; a significant number, however, are unable to make the transition. Students and school personnel from 3 urban junior high schools in Cincinnati (Ohio) were interviewed. Appalachian students were identified by county of birth. The 8th grade Appalachian migrant student is approximately 13 1/2 years old, and probably was born in a southern Appalachian county. His family migrated to the city the year before he entered kindergarten, and he has attended at least 2 elementary schools prior to enrolling at the junior high level. His attitude toward school is neutral. He has average grades and attendance patterns; however, he normally will not participate in extracurricular activities. A model that would make urban schools more relevant to the Appalachian student includes 4 phases of growing involvement -- awareness, research, support, and action. (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio; Ohio (Cincinnati)