Jin Sook Lee and Russell Rumberger of the UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, along with Terrence G. Wiley of Arizona State University, have edited the new volume The Education of Language Minority Immigrants in the United States (Channel View Publications, 2009). This collection – based on cutting-edge research and policy analyses from a number of well-known experts on immigrant language minority education in the USA – is of value to students and researchers interested in promoting educational equity and achievement for immigrant language minority students. The collection of papers were commissioned and presented at the 2007 UC Linguistic Minority Research Institute conference.
“This is an important volume with immediate implications for educators and policy makers,” says Professor Sarah J. Shin, University of Maryland Baltimore County. “Co-edited by three leading scholars in the field of language minority education, The Education of Language Minority Immigrants in the United States will be a valuable resource in graduate courses in language policy, sociology and anthropology of education, and multicultural education; and will be of particular interest to researchers of bilingual education and policy studies. A key strength of this book is its interdisciplinarity, bringing experts from diverse fields ranging from applied linguistics to sociology to economics. A further strength of the book is its judicious presentation of both large-scale quantitative studies and in-depth ethnographic investigations. I recommend it to all researchers, educators, and policy makers who are concerned with the education of language minority students.”
Jin Sook Lee is an Associate Professor in the Gevirtz School. She received her Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University and an M.A. degree in Linguistics from Yonsei University in Korea. Her research focuses on the educational processes of immigrant children, in particular as they pertain to the understanding of the cultural, sociopolitical, and sociopsychological factors that influence and shape their language learning and development. She is an active member of the American Educational Research Association and the American Association of Applied Linguistics and serves on the editorial board of the International Multilingual Research Journal (Taylor & Francis). Lee also served on the UC LMRI Faculty Steering Committee from 2006-2009. She is a recipient of the Foundation for Child Development Young Scholars Award.
Russell Rumberger is Professor of Education in the Gevirtz School and for ten years served as Director of the UC LMRI, a UC multi-campus research unit that fosters interdisciplinary research to improve academic achievement of children from diverse language backgrounds. He received a Ph.D. in Education and a M.A. in Economics from Stanford University. He has published widely on education and work; the schooling of disadvantaged students, particularly school dropouts and linguistic minority students; school effectiveness; and education policy. He is directing the California Dropout Research Project to develop a state policy agenda to improve California’s high school graduation rate.
[Jin Sook Lee and Russell Rumberger are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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