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ERIC Number: ED481642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Scholastic Demands on Intrastate and Interstate Migrant Secondary Students.
Solis, Jorge J.
Migrant students face many educational difficulties as they travel with their families to find work. This chapter reviews specific challenges facing migrant secondary students. The timing of harvest seasons dictates the movements of migrant workers and families, resulting in students' late entry into or early withdrawal from school. Lost class time and excessive absences may cause students to lose credits or miss required testing, discourage students from taking advanced courses that would prepare them for postsecondary education, or lead students to drop out. Whether migrant students enter late or withdraw early, the proper transfer of student records is critical. Hand-carrying documents is recommended. Moving between schools, migrant students frequently encounter course dissimilarities or unavailable courses, disparities in course credits or grade equivalents, and different class schedules. Nontraditional schedules such as block scheduling are particularly problematic for transfer students. Credit accrual is difficult as students may need to play catch up or retake classes entirely. Although evening school or summer school may be available, most older migrant students work, making attendance difficult. Living in the poor housing conditions of migrant camps also interferes with studying. Distance-learning schemes exist, but correspondence courses require independent study and computer-based courses require a working phone line, which migrant families may lack. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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