Awards and Honors
January 23, 2006
Education professor to study experience of
immigrant children in Japan
June Gordon, associate professor of education, has received
a $20,000 research fellowship from the Japan Foundation to conduct
research on the experiences of immigrant children in urban Japan.
Her project is entitled "Newcomers in Japan: Schooling
and Identity Negotiation."
Gordon will spend about six weeks in Japan, exploring the factors
that either constrain or encourage the success of immigrant
children, largely from South America, China, and Southeast Asia.
She will also explore how cultural identity among newcomer communities
shapes the development of educational policy reforms.
Gordon will employ ethnographic, historical, and documentary
methods to gather the experiences of community leaders, teachers,
parents, and school officials who are working on issues of educational
access for students of immigrant families. In her work, Gordon
gives special attention to people who serve as "cultural
intermediaries" between the various immigrant communities
and mainstream Japanese institutions.
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