ERIC Number: ED398730
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Four Chinese Junior High School "Unsuccessful" Students: Language, Cultural, and Family Factors.
Zhang, Shu Ya; Carrasquillo, Angela L.
A study was undertaken to identify cultural, linguistic, and family factors affecting the academic performance of four Chinese students in the United States. Subjects were eighth-grade students who had come to the United States 3 to 5 years earlier, all native Mandarian speakers and all enrolled in a public school bilingual program where they had the lowest performance in their class. Data were gathered through classroom observation during one semester, analysis of academic performance, and parent and student interviews. Analysis of the data indicates that (1) English language skills, or lack of them, were a major factor in learning and achievement, and language attitudes were also important in some cases, and (2) close protection of Chinese language, culture, and community and lack of parental involvement in education and support for acculturation prevented students from achieving optimally. It is recommended that use of English as a medium of instruction be gradually increased, and that bilingual students be actively encouraged to participate in classroom and extracurricular activities fostering language learning. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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