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Home school relations and the construction of racial and ethnic identity of Hmong elementary students

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Title: Home school relations and the construction of racial and ethnic identity of Hmong elementary students
Authors: Adler, Susan Matoba
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Academic Development Institute
Citation: Adler, S. M. (2004). Home school relations and the construction of racial and ethnic identity of Hmong elementary students. The School Community Journal, 14 (2), 57-75.
Abstract: This qualitative study examines how Hmong parents and professional staff at one elementary school perceive home-school relations and how they construct racial and ethnic identities of Hmong children. The study was conducted at a Midwestern elementary school where the Hmong student population is over 50% and where five Hmong staff members are employed (3 teachers, 2 aide/translators). Findings indicate differing opinions among parents and school staff in the areas of understanding Hmong culture, multiculturalism and cultural sensitivity, Hmong students “model minority” or “at risk” educationally and linguistically, the role parents play in school involvement, and the construction of race and ethnicity of Hmong students. Neither of two typical Asian stereotypes was attributed to Hmong students, and the prevailing perspective of the ethnic groups was that of “foreigner.” Conflicts with work schedules and language barriers are common constraints to parent involvement in the classrooms. Hmong parents are deeply concerned about their children's education and expect the school staff to be accountable for student achievement. Like some other Asian American groups, parent participation is seen as a division of labor with complimentary responsibilities between home and school.
Description: Modified from original accepted manuscript version to conform to ADA standards.
Pages/Duration: 19 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10790/3520
Rights: Article is made available in accordance with the publisher's policy and may be subject to US copyright law. Please refer to the publisher's site for terms of use.
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