Educational attitudes, school peer context, and the “immigrant paradox” in education

Citation

Greenman, Emily (2013). Educational attitudes, school peer context, and the “immigrant paradox” in education. Social Science Research. vol. 42 (3) pp. 698-714 , PMCID: PMC3616373

Abstract

Previous research has been unable to explain declines in educational outcomes across immigrant generations. This study uses data on Mexican and Asian-origin youth from Add Health to test educational attitudes and behaviors as mechanisms linking immigrant generation to four educational outcomes. First, it assesses whether generational changes in attitudes and behaviors correspond to generational differences in educational outcomes. Second, it tests whether generational changes in immigrant children’s attitudes depend on the school peer context in which they acculturate. Findings show that educational attitudes and behaviors do decline across immigrant generations, but that these changes in attitudes account for little of the generational variation in educational outcomes. The relationship between immigrant generation and attitudes is strongest in schools with more negative peer cultures.

URL

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0049089X12002645

Keyword(s)

Immigration

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Social Science Research

Author(s)

Greenman, Emily

Year Published

2013

Volume Number

42

Issue Number

3

Pages

698-714

DOI

10.1016/j.ssresearch.2012.12.014

PMCID

PMC3616373

NIHMSID

NIHMS443024

Reference ID

4481