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Introduction: Educating Immigrant Youth: The Role of Institutions and Agency


by Jennifer Holdaway & Richard Alba — 2009

This introduction to the special issue lays out a framework for the articles to follow by outlining the ways in which the governance structures of education—from national authorities that set federal policy, down to individual schools and administrative practices—shape the opportunities open to children of immigrants. The authors outline some of the main features of educational governance and discuss their relevance to the education of immigrants. It concludes with an overview of the articles in the issue.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 111 Number 3, 2009, p. 597-615
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15339, Date Accessed: 7/29/2017 7:38:44 AM

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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 book, Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age.
  • Richard Alba
    City University of New York
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    RICHARD ALBA is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His most recent book is the award-winning Remaking the American Mainstream (2003), which he coauthored with Victor Nee.
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