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Academic Achievement Among Children of Immigrants: A Cross-Contextual Analysis

Koury, Amanda S. (2011) Academic Achievement Among Children of Immigrants: A Cross-Contextual Analysis. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Children with immigrant parents tend to start school with fewer of the reading and math skills necessary for early academic success, though there is significant heterogeneity by parental region of origin. Little is known about how early experiences in home and non-parental care settings contribute to the academic skills of children of immigrants. Using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study birth cohort (ECLS-B, N ~= 6,850), this study examines associations between parental region of origin and children's math and reading skills at age 5. It also considers whether home and non-parental care experiences are pathways through which parental region of origin relates to academic achievement. There was significant heterogeneity in children's early reading and math skills related to region of origin. Adjusting for differences in child, socioeconomic, and family characteristics greatly attenuated links between parental region of origin and early academic skills. Early experiences in the home environment and non-parental care both attenuate and exacerbate academic skills differences based on region of origin.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Koury, Amanda S.ask38@pitt.eduASK38
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairVotruba-al, Elizabethevotruba@pitt.eduEVOTRUBA
Committee MemberBrownell, Celiabrownell@pitt.eduBROWNELL
Committee MemberBachman, Heatherhbachman@pitt.eduHBACHMAN
Date: 14 September 2011
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 19 April 2011
Approval Date: 14 September 2011
Submission Date: 8 August 2011
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic achievement; children of immigrants; region of origin; school readiness
Other ID:, etd-08082011-161417
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:58
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:48


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