The Education of Immigrant Students in a Globalized World

Marie McAndrew

in Learning in the Global Era

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780520254343
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941496 | DOI:
The Education of Immigrant Students in a Globalized World

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Immigration nearly always generates ambivalence in a society: immigrants are seen as needed for labour, but their presence raises concern about their cultural adaptation and the changes large-scale immigration causes in host countries. This chapter argues that disputes over how to best educate immigrant youngsters have emerged repeatedly during periods of globalization and large-scale immigration over the past century. It examines three major public-policy debates regarding the education of immigrant students today: the role of common schooling versus ethnocultural institutions in the integration of newcomers, the place of majority and immigrant minority languages in the curriculum, and the extent to which public schools should adapt their norms and regulations to religious and cultural diversity. The chapter also looks at a corpus of scholarly work demonstrating the positive impact of interventions nurturing the development of a strong self-identity as an effective road to integration. In response to ongoing discussions about the value of teaching immigrant languages in schools, it considers some policy options, including the possibility of ‘collateral benefits’ of learning a new language for native students.

Keywords: immigration; immigrant students; education; globalization; public policy; minority languages; curriculum; public schools; collateral benefits; self-identity

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Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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