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ERIC Number: EJ784899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 32
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0343
The Impact of Acculturation on the Perception of Academic Achievement by Immigrant Mothers and Their Children
Zadeh, Zohreh Yaghoub; Geva, Esther; Rogers, Maria A.
School Psychology International, v29 n1 p39-70 2008
This study investigated the effect of acculturation on definitions and attributions towards children's school achievement. Iranian and Iranian-Canadian immigrant mothers and their upper-elementary school children were interviewed about their definitions and attributions about school success and failure. There were significant effects of acculturation on the definitions and attributions of both mothers and children. Definitions of school success and failure held by Iranian mothers and their children were product-based, whereas the immigrant mothers and their children used definitions that were more process-based. While Iranian mothers attributed their children's school performance primarily to "effort", "family" appeared to be the most frequent attribution held by Iranian-Canadian immigrant mothers. The Iranian children consistently attributed academic success and failure to "effort", whereas the immigrant children's responses were variable, demonstrating acculturation to Western belief systems. The findings demonstrate how acculturation influences mothers' and children's beliefs about school achievement through the process of immigration. Implications for theory are discussed. (Contains 1 table and 12 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Iran