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ERIC Number: EJ1055522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1949-6427
Mentoring as a Springboard to Acculturation of Immigrant Students into American Schools
Rotich, Jerono
Journal of Case Studies in Education, v1 Jan 2011
Although the ever increasing diverse immigrant and refugee students enrich and bring diversity to America's social fabric, they seem to encounter numerous challenges as they acculturate and integrate into their new school culture and environment. Although most school systems and higher education institutions have made significant efforts to facilitate this process, minimal research has documented the potential of mentoring as an alternative tool to facilitate immigrant youth acculturation into American schools. Additionally, mounting anecdotal evidence suggests that if these challenges are not addressed in a timely and appropriate manner, then the educational, health as well as the civil and governmental institutions may be forced to deal with far greater problems later in life. This article highlights findings from a case study of a pilot mentoring intervention project among diverse newcomer middle school immigrant and refugee students. It will describe the benefits, challenges as well as future recommendations. The author suggest that a culturally sensitive mentoring program has the potential to significantly enhance the acculturation and schooling of diverse at risk immigrant and refugee students entering America's school system.
Publisher Info: Academic and Business Research Institute. 147 Medjool Trail, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081. Tel: 904-435-4330; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A