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ERIC Number: ED552566
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 153
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2679-5512-8
Social Integration as a Factor in Academic Achievements of Children: A Case Study of African Immigrants in Louisville, Kentucky
Odetunde, Florence Olayinka
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Spalding University
This study explored how social integration of African immigrants in the Louisville metropolitan area of Kentucky could be a factor in the academic achievements of their children. It involved critically investigating how the process of their adjustments as immigrants might have been shaped by various personal and environmental factors such as physical well-being, personal traits, language development, economic status, social status, and social activities that are known to account for the differences in the academic achievements of children in minority groups. Social integration is conceived as a phenomenon experience of life that could modify how one is impacted by those factors. This yielded some insights into the systemic nature of social integration as a factor in the academic achievement of children of African immigrants. It was found that the social support network of the immigrant families usually cut across categories of social and economic status. Similarly, their social activities are dictated by deliberate attempts to build supportive networks. They tend to have a different perception of their social and economic status; therefore, children of the African immigrants aspire to have college education irrespective of the economic or social status of their parents. Also, the social integration experiences of children of African immigrants provide learning environments for unique language development as distinct from learning English as a second language. Consequently, the children are usually able to communicate and adjust better than adult parents. This is coupled with the finding that mutually reinforcing social integration experiences and personal traits help children adapt faster than their parents, including adapting to food and social activities needed for their physical well-being. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky