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ERIC Number: EJ833298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar-18
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Scholars Mull the "Paradox" of Immigrants
Zehr, Mary Ann
Education Week, v28 n25 p1, 12 Mar 2009
The academic success, tendency to stay out of trouble, and physical health of children of immigrants to the United States tend to decline significantly from the first to the third generation. This article reports that this troubling pattern brought researchers together at Brown University to examine a provocative question: Is becoming American a developmental risk? More than two decades have passed since researchers began to document what they call the "immigrant paradox:" Immigrants generally do much better in American society than expected, given the challenges of navigating in a new culture, not speaking English well, and often having little money, yet their early success often is not sustained by later generations. One of the goals of the conference was to nudge researchers toward finding solutions that could help the children and grandchildren of immigrants have as much success as the first arrivals in their families.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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