Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Hopes and Struggles: Cross-Generational Metamorphosis of Educational Beliefs and Practices between Two-Generations of Korean-American Parents
by Rho, Haewan, Ed.D., Arcadia University, 2020, 211; 28087311
Abstract (Summary)

Although Korean-Americans are ubiquitous in contemporary American society, it was only after the enactment of the Immigration Nationality Act of 1965, when a sizable number of Koreans found their way to the U.S. During the two decades of the 1970s and 1980s, about a half-million Koreans immigrated to the U.S.

Almost five decades since their arrival, 2nd-generation Korean-American offspring are now parents raising their own school-aged children - 3rd-generation Korean-Americans. 2nd-generation Korean-Americans who have grown up in the U.S. are largely assimilated to mainstream U.S. society, and therefore their views and practices on various education-related issues are expected to deviate from those of their 1st-generation Korean immigrant parents.

Using in-depth interviews and survey questionnaires, the current mixed-methods study documents two generations of Korean-Americans’ views and practices regarding academic achievement, educational attainment, college education, field of study, career choices, and ethnic identity. Further, an attempt was made to decipher cross-generational metamorphoses of their educational philosophies and practices.

Findings from the current research may contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of assimilation patterns of Korean-Americans, particularly those who are living in a place where their presence is less clustered, such as the metro-Philadelphia region.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Appelbaum, Peter M.
Commitee: Hickman, Margaret "Peggy", Moon, Seungho
School: Arcadia University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 82/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian American Studies, Multicultural Education
Keywords: Cross-generational metamorphosis, Korean Americans, Korean Americans' educational philosophies, Korean-American's parenting styles, Korean-Americans' assimilation patterns, Second-generation Korean-Americans
Publication Number: 28087311
ISBN: 9798664788426
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