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Untwining Threads: Second Wave Hmong Parents’ Conceptualizations of Ways to Support Their Adolescent Children’s Education
by Lee, Mao Sea, M.S.Ed., Northern Illinois University, 2020, 147; 27832039
Abstract (Summary)

This research identifies the support systems for adolescents’ education within the second wave Hmong refugee family setting. The study examines the parents’ perspectives on their own support systems for their adolescents’ education. The work focuses on studying both the instrumental support and psychological care these parents provide their teenage children and interprets why these parents choose to provide these resources. Studying these parents’ ways of supporting their adolescents provided a more in-depth understanding of why these recent refugee parents choose to invest of their resources to their adolescents’ education and, subsequently, what education means to them. The research also brought to light the participants’ understanding of American education through discussions on how they help their adolescents to develop resilient skills and stay resilient when faced with adversity. The types of support these parents provide are framed within their socio-historical experiences of being refugees; individuals who did not have a safe and stable shelter for about half of their lifetime. This study was conducted using ethnographic methods. I collected data through interviewing informants in their natural setting. Doing so allowed me to gain rich data contextualized within their culture to conceptualize their view of how they support their adolescents’ academic success.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shumow, Lee, Pluim, Carolyn
Commitee: Ledgerwood, Judy
School: Northern Illinois University
Department: Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 81/12(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational psychology, Asian American Studies, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Academic Support, Hmong, Refugees, Second Wave Hmong Refugee, Wat Tham Krabok
Publication Number: 27832039
ISBN: 9798662380226
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