ERIC Number: ED318594
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Characteristics of Secondary Migrant Youth.
Migrant students on the secondary level comprise an ethnically diverse population with many educational needs. Migrant Education programs assist students in overcoming problems that result from language barriers, cultural differences, school interruptions, credit deficiencies, educational tracking, and grade retention in order to ensure high school graduation and the pursuit of postsecondary education. Despite the obstacles facing migrant youth, their resilience and determination--in combination with the intervention of Migrant Education--have enabled greater numbers of migrant students to graduate from high school in recent years. At the 1988 meeting of Migrant Education Secondary Assistance (MESA), migrant educators listed positive characteristics of various migrant ethnic groups: extended family support, family unit support, a strong work ethic, group cooperation, religious and ethnic identity, respect for authority, strong life and survival skills, and a valuing of education. A general list of strengths that individual migrant students may possess includes maturity, responsibility, optimism, self-advocacy, resiliency, resourcefulness, cooperation, endurance, and a sense of humor. The focus on positive characteristics was described as an asset model, which has these advantages: (1) builds self-esteem; (2) builds on student's success, and improves motivation; (3) raises students' expectations; and (4) shifts the focus of need for change from the student to the institution. Specific recommendations and various topical concerns presented in this paper address staff training, school improvements, Migrant Education program service, and direct services for students. (ALL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC. Migrant Education Programs.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Geneseo. Coll. at Geneseo. Migrant Center.; Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee.