Children of immigrants have higher educational expectations than native-born peers
- October 14, 2016
- Study by UCI sociologist is the International Migration Review’s featured fall article
Higher parental expectations, greater interest in school, and foreign-language use in early childhood are the “cultural capital” driving children of immigrants to attain a graduate education, says Cynthia Feliciano, UCI Chicano/Latino studies and sociology professor.
“While children of immigrants and native-born children now have similar expectations to earn a college degree, children of immigrants have a higher expectation to attain a graduate education due to these factors stemming from unique aspects of the immigrant experience that are common across immigrant families,” she says.