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ERIC Number: EJ976164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
Postsecondary Assistance: A Research Project Helps Immigrant Students Plan Their Education Futures
Kim, Sung Un
Knowledge Quest, v40 n3 p48-53 Jan-Feb 2012
The number of linguistically and culturally diverse students has been rapidly increasing in the United States. English language learner (ELL) enrollment has increased more than 50 percent from 1995-1996 to 2005-2006, composing about 10 percent of the total number of Pre-K-12 enrollment. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that 40 percent of the student population in 2030 will be ELLs. However, schools may not be adequately ready to support this group of students for their academic success and postsecondary career preparation. Research recognizes "a chasm between research-based best practices and the available human and material resources in schools and colleges" to guide immigrant students through their career-planning process. Besides their low English proficiency, lack of access to college information and college-preparatory curriculum is considered a main barrier to the career and college preparation of immigrant students. This article is based on the author's observations and interviews with an English as a second language (ESL) teacher as well as ten immigrant students who did a research project about their career and college preparation in a high school in New Jersey. The students, all who had lived in the United States for less than four years, were required to write a research paper on their career and college plan over four weeks. The paper needed to include: (1) the student's career goal; (2) higher education institutions for the target career; (3) financial plans; and (4) the college application process. The ESL teacher mainly guided the research process, and a school counselor held an instructional session for using a database specializing in college information. The immigrant students' learning experience with the career and college research project shows how valuable the project was to them and demonstrates how school librarians can collaborate with ESL teachers for a similar project. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey; United States