April 22, 2008
For immediate release
Dr. Jin Sook Lee of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School has won a prestigious Young Scholars Program Award from The Foundation for Child Development (FCD). One of only four scholars chosen from this year’s highly competitive pool of applicants, Lee will receive $150,000 to fund a two year study, in addition to mentoring and networking opportunities. Lee, a professor in the Department of Education, is the first scholar from UCSB to win this award. The FCD Young Scholars Program aims to stimulate both basic and policy-relevant research about the early education, health, and well-being of children living in immigrant families from birth to age ten, particularly those who are living in low-income families.
Dr. Lee’s study examines how variations in social interactions, resources, and structures within different school and home settings promote or inhibit Mexican and Korean students’ dual language development and academic learning opportunities during their early primary grade years. The study also examines the effects of dual language competence on academic performance, family relations, and identity development among Mexican and Korean immigrant students over time. This two year longitudinal study contributes to the theoretical understanding of how home and educational contexts shape the opportunities for linguistic development in children, and also to the identification of instructional parameters that may promote academic success in young immigrant children.
The Foundation for Child Development is the oldest private, independent, grant-making foundation in the nation with a sustained focus on improving the life prospects of children. Over the course of its 100-year-plus history, FCD has contributed to the field of child development with by supporting research, policy, programs, and advocacy. The Foundation for Child Development (FCD) is a national, private philanthropy dedicated to the principle that all families should have the social and material resources to raise their children to be healthy, educated and productive members of their communities. The Foundation believes that families, schools, nonprofit organizations, businesses and government at all levels share complementary responsibilities in the critical task of raising new generations.
[Jin Sook Lee is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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