Journal Article: Immigration from Mexico into the Math/Science Pipeline in American Education


EDUCATION -- United States, EMIGRATION & immigration, SCHOOL management & organization, AMERICAN students, SCIENCE, UNITED States


Crosnoe, Robert; Lopez-Gonzalez, Lorena; Muller, Chandra




Blackwell Publishing Limited


The purpose of this study was to explore generational differences in math/science enrollment and achievement among Mexican-American students and the role of family and school contexts in these differences.We applied survey regression techniques to data from 12,020 adolescents in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.Native-born Mexican-American students had lower math/science enrollment than their peers, especially after differences in family and school contexts were taken into account. Mexican-American immigrants had lower achievement when enrolled in such classes, but this was explained by their greater level of family and school disadvantages.Persistence and success in the math/science pipeline, a mechanism of social mobility in the modern economy, would likely be enhanced in the fast-growing population of Mexican-American students by improvements in family resources and school organization. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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