ERIC Number: ED406471
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Unfamiliar Partners: Asian Parents and U.S. Public Schools.
Te, Bouy; And Others
This book reflects experiences during the first 3 years of an ongoing effort to examine the experiences of newcomer Asian parents as they encounter U.S. public schools. The second phase of the project continues program activities at schools in Chicago (Illinois), Des Moines (Iowa), Minneapolis (Minnesota), and Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), and now includes schools and communities in Richmond (California) and Houston (Texas). The first chapter, "Barriers to Partnerships," documents the many barriers U.S. public schools place in the way of Asian newcomers and their parents. The second chapter, "Community Perspectives," offers profiles of the difficulties immigrant families have experienced in coming to the United States. The third chapter, "Project Site Profiles," details project activities in the four cities previously mentioned and San Diego (California) and Seattle (Washington). The final chapter, "Building Partnerships," explores how schools can welcome and support newcomer parents as they seek quality education for their children. Mutual respect, trust, and understanding are essential in developing effective cooperation between Asian newcomer parents and U.S. schools. Rather than viewing families as deficient, educators should see them as repositories of essential cultural practices. An appendix contains a 94-item bibliography and lists project participants and members of the National Coalition of Advocates for Students. (SLD)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Adjustment (to Environment), Asian Americans, Cultural Awareness, Elementary Secondary Education, Immigrants, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Program Descriptions, Public Schools, Urban Schools
National Coalition of Advocates for Students, 100 Boylston Street, Suite 737, Boston, MA 02116 ($18.95).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Coalition of Advocates for Students, Boston, MA.