Journal Article: Effects of Cultural and Social Structural Factors on the Achievement of White and Chinese American Students at School Transition Points


Academic Achievement, Chinese Cultural Groups, Cross Cultural, Differences, Sociocultural Factors, Whites, Academic Failure, Minority Groups, School Transition


Pearce, Richard R.


2006, Spr


Chinese Americans' high levels of educational achievement have earned them attention as a "model minority" to be emulated by underachieving and underrepresented minority groups. However, the model minority analogy does not adequately explain how this achievement is realized, nor how such information can be used to help other groups close the achievement gap. The ability of both White and Chinese American students to weather school transitions and to remain on track for high achievement and attainment can be explained by both social structural and cultural factors. When the effects of social structural factors such as gender, socioeconomic status, family composition, and parent education level are controlled, the relative importance of cultural factors such as parental expectations and involvement becomes clear. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA ) (journal abstract)


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