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ERIC Number: EJ907100
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1523-5882
Universalist and Differentialist Approaches to Instruction for High-School-Age Immigrants: Tensions in Practice and Policy
Stritikus, Tom; Nguyen, Diem
Bilingual Research Journal, v33 n3 p329-345 2010
Drawing on data from a 3-year qualitative study on the transition of immigrant youth, we seek to understand the connections among district programming and policy, teacher perspectives, and the ways in which students experience initial schooling. Specifically, this article examines the following research questions: How does district leadership define the challenge and opportunities of working with older immigrant students? In the face of this definition, what approaches and perspectives to instruction are taken by teachers at the Northwest Newcomer Center? To answer these questions, we juxtapose the ideas and beliefs of various personnel in the district regarding the best way to educate recent immigrants. To sharpen our analytic lens, we utilize the concepts of universalism and differentiation (Reeves, 2004) as a tool to explore the perspectives that teachers and leaders took in educating immigrant students and the impact that this had on practice. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A