ERIC Number: ED461995
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Education and Immigrant Girls: Building Bridges between Cultures. WEEA Digest.
Potter, Julia L., Ed.
This digest features three articles on equal education for immigrant girls. The first, "Building Bridges between Cultures" (Julia L. Potter), highlights discussions with experts in the field of immigrant education, examining culture, family, and school; expectations for education; overcoming cultural barriers in education; parent involvement; and equitable education. The discussions address the fact that immigrant girls face the daily challenge of living in a new culture, and they may feel torn between their parents' culture and the mainstream culture. While immigrant girls tend to do better than immigrant boys, they face additional, gender-based obstacles. The second article, "Mentors Confirm and Enhance Girls' Lives" (Barbara Warren-Sams), discusses mentoring issues for girls, particularly girls of color and immigrant girls, explaining that the most effective programs are those that consider participants' needs beyond those shared by their gender. It notes the importance of considering the process of adjustment to a new culture and facilitating family involvement. The third article, "From Vietnam to the U.S." (Linda Pollack Shevitz and Susan Morris Shaffer), presents a contemporary view of U.S. history, offering stories reflecting the personal experiences of Vietnamese girls and women who immigrated in the 1970s and 1980s. (SM)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Females, Gender Issues, Immigrants, Mentors, Parent Participation, Sex Discrimination, Vietnamese People, Womens Education
WEEA Equity Resource Center, Education Development Center, Inc., 55 Chapel Street, D-0109, Newton, MA 02458-1060 (stock no. D0105). Tel: 617-969-7100; Tel: 800-225-3088 (Toll Free); Fax: 617-332-4318; e-mail: WEEActr@edc.org; Web site: http://www.edc.org/WomensEquity. For full text: http://www.edc.org/WomensEquity/pdffiles/immigirls.pdf.
Publication Type: Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA. WEEA Equity Resource Center.