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Residential Mobility and Education

Residential mobility refers to the common phenomenon in the United States of moving to a different residence. It can have a significant impact on the education of children, as moving can be a disruptive event. School-age children who move either during the school year or during a school break may have to switch schools, may have to be initiated into new cultural patterns, and may have to navigate new social networks. Additionally, when switching schools children may encounter disruptions in the curriculum they are taught because not all schools may utilize the same curriculum at the same pace. Thus, residential mobility can have an impact on education.

While residential mobility is not uncommon within any strata of society, it is most common for lower socioeconomic and ...

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