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Cross-National Comparison of Provision and Outcomes for the Education of the Second Generation


by Jennifer Holdaway, Maurice Crul & Catrin Roberts — 2009

This article introduces the special issue, which focuses on the ways in which educational institutions in Europe and North America are responding to the growing number of children of immigrants entering schools and universities. It discusses the ways in which the needs of children of immigrants differ from those of native-born students, and the ways in which variations in the structure of national education systems, and in policy and practice, may shape the pathways that children of immigrants take into the labor market, higher education, and their lives as citizens. The authors review existing research on this topic and highlight some of the difficulties involved in comparative studies. They close with an overview of the articles presented in the special issue.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 111 Number 6, 2009, p. 1381-1403
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15338, Date Accessed: 4/26/2017 11:26:56 PM

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  • Jennifer Holdaway
    Social Science Research Council
    JENNIFER HOLDAWAY is a program director at the Social Science Research Council. Since 2003, she has led the Working Group on Education and Migration. She is coordinator and co–principal investigator for the Children of Immigrants in Schools, an international collaborative research project that examines the impact of cross-national differences in educational institutions, policies, and practices on the integration of children of immigrants in the United States and Europe. With Philip Kasinitz, John Mollenkopf, and Mary Waters, she is an author of the forthcoming book, Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age.
  • Maurice Crul
    University of Amsterdam
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    MAURICE CRUL is a social scientist working at the University of Amsterdam. For the last 15 years, he has worked primarily on the topic of education, first within the Dutch context, and more recently in a comparative European context. Maurice Crul is one of the principal investigators of the transatlantic project Children of Immigrants in Schools, comparing the school careers of the Moroccan second generation in Amsterdam with those of second-generation Dominican youth in New York. He is also coordinating the international research project TIES (The Integration of the European Second generation): http://www.tiesproject.eu/. The project involves partners in eight European countries and a survey of 10,000 respondents. Recent articles include, with Mark Thomson, “The Second Generation in Europe and the United States: How Is the Transatlantic Debate Relevant for Further Research on the European Second Generation?” in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2007), and “The Integration of Immigrant Youth” in Learning in the Global Era, International Perspectives on Globalization and Education, ed. Marcelo Suárez-Orozco (University of California Press, 2007).
  • Catrin Roberts
    Nuffield Foundation
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    CATRIN ROBERTS is currently assistant director of the Nuffield Foundation, with particular responsibility for the Foundation’s research and development work in education. She has a PhD from the University of Wales and a first degree from Cambridge University. Her academic interests are in the sociology of education and ethnicity, particularly in the interplay of language, identity, and citizenship in shaping educational opportunities. She formerly worked at the Economic and Social Research Council following a lectureship at the University of Manchester.
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