Immigrant Students, Language and Achievement: A Cross National Study

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The status of immigrants in the US and in Western European countries had been a serious policy concern. Since many immigrants are likely to remain in their host country, one major policy concern is how best to integrate them into the host country. There have been many strategies used to integrate immigrant populations, and one important strategy is to consider long-erm integration by focusing on the children of immigrants. With this is mind, the educational system acn be used to integrate immigrant children, and how well they perform in school can be seen as on indicator of the degree of their integration. But if integration is a national goal, then there is reason to believe that centralized social systems with a unified veiwpoint, can best implement strategies to educate and thus integrate immigrant children. Such a viewpoint guides our research.

The purpose of our research is to compare the educational achievements of immigrant students from those countries participating in the 2006 Science PISA Survey. Using both descriptive and multivariate modeling (multilevel modeling) we attempt to ascertain in which countries (centralized or non-centralized) immigrant children perform best.


Keywords: Immigrants, Students, Achievement, Language
Stream: Immigration, Refugees, Race, Nation
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Richard Verdugo

Senior Research Scientist, Human and Civil Rights, National Education Association
Washington, DC, USA

Dr. Richard R. Verdugo is the senior research scientist at the National Education Association in Washington, DC. Dr. Verdugo has a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Southern California and is the author of over 70 publications. His main research interests focus on the sociology of the labor markets, the sociology of education, racial stratification, and survey methods and statistical procedures. Dr. Verdugo has been the recipient of many national and international awards for his research, and in 2003 was named a Fulbright Scholar in Germany where he studied the demographic challenges facing Germany. As a result of this work he co-edited, with Richard R. Young, the March 2007 issue of Population Research and Policy Review.

Dr. Thomas Dial

Senior Researcher, Research
Washigton, DC, USA

Dr.Thomas H. Dial is a Senior Researcher in the National Education Association's Research Department. Dr. Dial's areas of expertise include, the Sociology of Education, Quantitative Procedures, and Survey Methodology. Dr. Dial earned his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University.

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