Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa


The rise in immigration is having an impact on schools and communities in developed countries. The socio-economic effect differs from State to State. It is evident that many states with growing immigrant populations seek to strike a balance to accommodate these new members of their communities. Educational communities experiencing the growing diversity as a result of immigration are often challenged with this phenomenon. To support immigrants to succeed in their host country, school administrators and teachers should be aware of the process of acculturation. The acculturation process is either by integration or assimilation. Assimilation is the process in which an immigrant identifies with the host country’s culture and neglects his or her heritage culture, while integration is the process of identifying both with the immigrant’s culture and the host country’s culture. Successful integration of immigrant families can be attributed to different opportunities available to immigrants for realizing the potential in the two different societal contexts. The success of a child’s learning is dependent on the educational environment and the psychological impact the learning environment will have on the child. The child’s mental stability drives their school performance and social interactions. Mental states such as fear, comfort, acceptance and response impact the child’s ability to learn as well as facilitate their involvement in capacity building activities.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis