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Immigrant students and the college classroom climate in higher education


2008 2008

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Abstract (summary)

In recent years, the immigrant population in the U.S. has increased dramatically. This increase has caused educational institutions to try to understand this population and their needs in order to aid in their academic success. While this awareness has surfaced in K-12 education, higher education continues, partly because of a lack of research on these students, to render these students and their needs insignificant. While this paper cannot begin to explore all the questions needed to be answered in terms of this population, it can provide an initial glimpse into one important aspect of education for the immigrant, the university classroom climate. Studies in classroom climate have stemmed from the two theoretical bases of social constructivism and critical theory. That is, learning is inherently social and that the dynamic of the classroom mirrors the dynamics of power and oppression in larger society. Although few studies have been done looking at classroom climate and the immigrant specifically, a number of minority studies show that classroom climate can play a significant role in a student's academic success. From a review of the literature, the specific aspects of classroom climate which pertain to this population are teacher/student interaction, student/student interaction, curriculum/pedagogy and English anxiety. Based on this information, an exploratory research study was conducted to determine how the college classroom climate influences immigrant students' academic experience and perceived success.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Bilingual education;
Higher education;
Aliens;
College students
Classification
0282: Bilingual education
0745: Higher education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Classroom climate; Immigrants; Postsecondary
Title
Immigrant students and the college classroom climate in higher education
Author
Boesch, Becky Appley
Number of pages
171
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0180
Source
DAI-A 70/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549988861
University/institution
Portland State University
University location
United States -- Oregon
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3343755
ProQuest document ID
304498534
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304498534/abstract
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