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Abstract Title: Welcome to America, Welcome to College: Comparing the effects of immigrant generation and college generation on physical science career intentions
Abstract: Students enter college with social, cultural, and economic resources (well described by Bourdieu's concepts of habitus and capital) which significantly impact their successes, goals, and actions.  Two such sociocultural dimensions are students' immigrant generation and college generation status.  The two principal conceptualizations of immigration are: a bottom-up model in which new immigrants start at society's lowest echelons and work their way upwards, and an "immigrant advantage" model, which posits that immigrants have specific values, skills, and beliefs which provide social advantages.  Our prior research found first generation immigrants were significantly more likely to choose physical science and engineering majors. Here, drawing on a national sample of 7505 freshmen enrolled in college English, we compare and contrast the effects of immigrant generation with college generation status to explore some of the challenges faced by the first in the family to become an American and/or go to college.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Targeted Session: Social Hierarchies and Accessibility in Physics

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Florin Lung
Clemson University
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Geoff Potvin, Gerhard Sonnert, Philip M. Sadler