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Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society

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One child in five in America is the child of immigrants, and their numbers increase each year. Very few will return to the country they barely remember. Who are they, and what America do they know?

Based on an extraordinary interdisciplinary study that followed 400 newly arrived children from the Caribbean, China, Central America, and Mexico for five years, this book provid
Hardcover, 426 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Belknap Press
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Sarah F
May 31, 2012 Sarah F rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I've read a lot of books this first year of grad school, but this is easily my favorite read. This book is the result of a comprehensive landmark five-year study following approximately 400 immigrant students in several parts of the country. The amount of data collected is simply astounding, with everything from students language proficiency scores throughout the study; their opinions towards schooling, immigration, their parents, their hopes and fears; parents opinions about the changes their c ...more
Jul 03, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the ethnographies themselves were very interesting, I would have liked to see the student voice incorporated throughout the text rather than isolated in the second portion of the book. Although clearly well researched (a 5-year, multidimensional study with an unfathomably large number of data sources), there were some errors in the charts and the early part of the book read like a textbook. Also, the rationale for including the ethnographic descriptions of the four school sites, while inte ...more
Tasha Watters
Jul 27, 2008 Tasha Watters rated it liked it
The author gave a great deal of statistical information in this book, but only chose two regions of the country to draw from and only 5 immigrant groups. The author left out African communities and did not go into much detail on Eastern Europeans, so in my opinion the data was skewed. The overview of the chosen immigrant groups was well detailed and followed. I would recommend this book to analyse the needs of those communities. However, I would not consider this a good overview of immigrant chi ...more
Aug 03, 2014 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An excellent book for those interested in wanting to know the experiences of second language learners in the United States. The book does a good job of balancing one of the most relevant issues in 21st century education with the experiences of the students, teachers, and parents. A moving book that is a must-read for all teachers and alike.
Jul 13, 2008 Edgar is currently reading it
I started reading this book for my honors thesis on undocumented immigrant youth. There is not a lot of work done on the lives of undocumented youth, and this book has extensive research on the lives of Mexican, Chinese, and Haitian immigrant youth. Most of the immigrnt youth did not choose to migrate, so it's important to understand how they become socialized into American society.
Oct 05, 2009 Anna rated it liked it
This is an interesting study of immigrant youth in San Fran and Boston. We made a visual graph of the students studied and it was interesting to view the correlations between students and their success in school (family status, school environment, English language ability, etc.).
Apr 15, 2010 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: education, nonfiction
An insightful longitudinal study of first generation students in American schools. Great combination of quantitative and qualitative data.
I am about one chapter into this book. I found the first chapter interesting and informative. I just haven't felt like reading it lately, so I am behind.
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