The Language of Learning

The Academic Engagement of Newcomer Immigrant Youth

Ha Yeon Kim, Carola Suárez-Orozco

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    Abstract

    The current study uses an accelerated longitudinal design to examine the role of three dimensions of academic engagement (behavioral, relational, and cognitive) in explaining the influence of English language proficiency on newcomer immigrant youths' academic performance across adolescence. The sample included 354 youth from Central America, China, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Mexico. As established with other populations, the behavioral, relational, and cognitive dimensions of academic engagement were closely associated to one another and significantly contributed to academic performance. Mediation analyses revealed that immigrant youth with limited English language proficiency were more likely to experience low levels of relational and behavioral engagement, which contributed to lower levels of academic performance over time.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)229-245
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
    Volume25
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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    Language
    immigrant
    Learning
    English language
    language
    learning
    performance
    Dominican Republic
    Haiti
    Central America
    adolescence
    mediation
    Mexico
    China
    experience
    Population
    time

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cultural Studies
    • Developmental and Educational Psychology
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Behavioral Neuroscience

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    The Language of Learning : The Academic Engagement of Newcomer Immigrant Youth. / Kim, Ha Yeon; Suárez-Orozco, Carola.

    In: Journal of Research on Adolescence, Vol. 25, No. 2, 01.01.2015, p. 229-245.

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    Kim, Ha Yeon ; Suárez-Orozco, Carola. / The Language of Learning : The Academic Engagement of Newcomer Immigrant Youth. In: Journal of Research on Adolescence. 2015 ; Vol. 25, No. 2. pp. 229-245.
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