ERIC Number: ED408388
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Diversity among Asian American High School Students.
In the world of social science and educational research, Asian Americans are frequently represented as one group and summarized with one number, like an arithmetic average. However, Asian Americans think of themselves as quite different from one another, as indeed they are. In the 1990 U.S. Census, information is available for 11 different groups of Asian Americans. Drawing on information from the second followup to the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, this report examines differences among the six major ethnic groups of Asian American high school seniors. The "model minority" stereotype has been applied to Asian Americans with undesirable consequences. On such consequence is that Asian Americans from disadvantaged backgrounds tend to be bypassed in terms of supportive services. Differences among the Asian ethnic groups are explored for: (1) parent education; (2) parent occupation; (3) educational expectations; (4) discussions about colleges and grades; (5) time spent on homework and extracurricular activities; and (6) academic performance. A review of these areas shows that although many Asian American students are highly successful, large numbers of them are in need of assistance, support, and encouragement from parents, teachers, counselors, and institutions. One appendix discusses the measurement of variables and sample weight, and the other contains 24 tables of study data. (Contains 9 figures and 29 text tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Asian American Students, Asian Americans, Census Figures, Cultural Differences, Disadvantaged Youth, Diversity (Student), Educational Research, Ethnic Groups, High School Students, High Schools, Immigrants, Minority Groups, Stereotypes, Student Characteristics, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. Policy Information Center.