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Special Issue of the Harvard Educational Review Focuses on Educating Immigrant Children

Harvard Educational Review presents new research findings on the current issues in educating immigrant children. Conducted by top education and immigration experts, including Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Carola Suárez-Orozco, Vivian Louie, and Loukia K. Sarroub, the research delves into such subjects as acculturation stress, parental aspirations and involvement, generational achievement levels, discrimination, and poverty.

The diversity of voices included in this publication captures both the breadth of student experiences and the range of student needs in the 21st-century United States.

Topics from this issue include:

  • the effects of globalization on the education of immigrant children
  • a reassessment of the traditional definitions of parent "involvement" in children's schooling
  • a personal essay on the policy dilemmas concerning undocumented immigrant children
  • a call to move away from the traditional patterns of categorizing immigrant children as "problems" with "needs" and to focus instead on the contributions they make to their homes, communities, and schools
  • the struggles of Yemeni American girls as they straddle the two worlds of the U.S. and their homeland
  • an assessment of the needs of understudied populations, such as immigrants from Africa or the Caribbean
  • an examination of the current and future state of research on immigration and education

Moving personal essays, interviews, and artwork present firsthand the realities of everyday school life for the children of immigrants.

Immigrant children are the fastest growing segment of the United States child population. They come from a variety of nations, speak a multitude of languages, and have a range of ethnic, cultural, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. As the country unites behind efforts to create a peaceful, tolerant world for all people, the need for critical dialogue about the challenges of educating such a diverse group of students is greater than ever.

About the Review

The Harvard Educational Review is a leading journal on education research, practice, and theory. The Review has published many groundbreaking articles in the field of education and is known for its insightful, well-balanced approach to educational research.

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