Generation 1.5, Educational Experiences of

Research has established that there are fundamental differences between the education and adaptation of persons who immigrate as adults and those who do so as children. Differences in nativity (of self and parents) and age at arrival in a new land, which are criteria used to distinguish between generational cohorts, are known to affect significantly the modes of acculturation of adults and children in immigrant families, especially with regard to language and ethnic identity, educational attainment and aspirations, patterns of social mobility, outlooks and frames of reference, and even propensity to sustain transnational attachments over time. However, despite the import of intergenerational analysis for the study of the long-term impact of immigration, both the meaning and measurement of “generations” have varied.

The term one-and-a-half or 1.5 ...

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