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Resiliency and Success : Migrant Children in the U.S. - Encarnacion Garza

Resiliency and Success

Migrant Children in the U.S.

Paperback Published: 19th May 2004
ISBN: 9781594510458
Number Of Pages: 188

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This book elucidates the amazing life journeys of academically successful migrant students. Most literature on Hispanic students - especially the children of migrant farm workers who have been referred to as the 'invisible children' or the children of 'ghost workers' - has focused on the sociocultural factors that have contributed to their low level of achievement, high attrition rates, and other academic failures. Such studies lead to a deficit model, portraying Hispanic children as deficient in a variety of ways, and through its negative focus perpetuates these failures. Offering vivid case studies of successful students, this book offers a corrective, helping teachers, education students, and researchers understand the factors that lead to success in minority language children. The authors develop the lessons of student success stories into recommendations for schools and for educational policy. Readers gain from this book the stories of real students, the challenges they faced, and the means by which students and schools may overcome language and cultural barriers to educational success.

Prefacep. ix
Why Is This Study Significant?p. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Immigration Experience and Resiliency of Mexican Families in the United Statesp. 1
The Context of Mexican Immigrationp. 2
Immigration Stressorsp. 4
School Performance of Mexican Childrenp. 6
Resiliencyp. 10
Social Network Supportp. 12
External Supportp. 13
Personal Attributesp. 14
Migrant Farm Workers and their Childrenp. 16
Role and Profile of the Migrant Farm Workerp. 16
The Migrant Child's Educational Experiencep. 18
The Educational Systemp. 22
A Compensatory Program: The Migrant Education Programp. 23
Mid-1960s to Early 1970s: Segregated Classroomsp. 24
Early and Mid-1970s: Segregated, Six Months, Extended Dayp. 24
Mid- and Late 1970s: Return to Segregated Classroomsp. 25
Late 1970s to Late 1980s: Integrated/Remedial Pullout Programsp. 25
Early 1990s to Present: Pullout Accelerated Instructionp. 25
Present-Day Approaches: Schoolwide Projectsp. 26
Purpose of the Migrant Education Programp. 26
Summaryp. 27
The Struggles of the Migrant Lifestylep. 28
Introductionp. 28
Belinda's Experiencep. 29
Benito's Experiencep. 35
Sonia's Experiencep. 40
The Family--Support and Influencep. 47
Belinda's Biographical Datap. 47
Benito's Biographical Datap. 55
Sonia's Biographical Datap. 63
The Schoolp. 69
School Work Versus Field Work: Mental Versus Physicalp. 69
Belinda's School Life and Experiencesp. 69
Benito's School Life and Experiencesp. 79
Sonia's School Life and Experiencesp. 83
The Mentors--Environmental Resourcesp. 92
The Human Connection: "You can! I will help you"p. 92
Belinda's Mentors: "If it hadn't been for you"p. 92
Benito's Mentor: "He turned my life around"p. 94
Sonia's Mentors: "They were always encouraging us to do our best"p. 96
The Present--Success Against All Oddsp. 99
Belindap. 99
Belinda's View of Success and Reflectionp. 100
Benitop. 102
Benito's Views of Success and Reflectionp. 105
Soniap. 106
Sonia's Views of Success and Reflectionp. 108
Destiny's Architectp. 108
Belinda: "I could do anything I really wanted to do"p. 109
Benito: "I'm going to show them because I don't like to lose"p. 110
Sonia: "I'll show you I can make it, and I will"p. 111
Analysis of Central Research Questionsp. 113
Related Themesp. 115
Stressors: Sociocultural Factorsp. 117
Mobilityp. 117
Povertyp. 118
Ethnic and Language Minority Statusp. 119
Children's Need to Workp. 119
Family Income and Compositionp. 120
Educational and Occupational Statusp. 120
Substandard Housingp. 121
Absence of Learning Materialsp. 121
Personal Characteristics: Personal Resourcesp. 121
Soniap. 123
Belindap. 124
Benitop. 125
Support: Environmental Resourcesp. 125
Family Supportp. 126
School Supportp. 129
Expectations and Caringp. 131
Family Expectationsp. 131
Caring Familiesp. 132
School Expectationsp. 132
Coping Strategiesp. 133
Lessons Learned about Critical Ethnography and Pedagogyp. 136
This Ethnographic Research Projectp. 137
Lessons Learned from the Studyp. 141
Critical Ethnographyp. 144
A Vygotskian Pedagogy of Hopep. 147
Concluding Thoughtsp. 151
Appendixp. 155
Belindap. 155
Benitop. 155
Soniap. 156
Referencesp. 159
Indexp. 169
About the Authorsp. 173
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ISBN: 9781594510458
ISBN-10: 1594510458
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 19th May 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.26