Indian Americans and the Social-Cultural Context of Education

Authored by: Khyati Y. Joshi

Handbook of Asian Education

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  November  2010

Print ISBN: 9780805864458
eBook ISBN: 9780203816318
Adobe ISBN: 9781136721298

10.4324/9780203816318.ch30

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Abstract

The third largest group among Asian Americans, Indian Americans, who trace their lineage to the territory now within the borders of the Republic of India, are not a monolithic population but can be identified as Generations 1, 1.5, 2A, and 2B. Though tagged with the model minority myth, each generation’s social and educational experiences are significantly different, with a profound impact on their responses to schooling, teachers, and peers. Teachers, principals and other educational personnel need to understand the varying academic and social-emotional needs of Indian American students if they are to serve them effectively.

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