Educational success and long-term adaptation of immigrant students in israel

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The paper examines patterns of longitudinal cultural adaptation demonstrated by a group of professionally successful immigrants who moved from Transylvania, Romania, to Israel. On a continuum of attitudes towards immigrants ranging from resistance to active solicitation as a function of underlying ideologies, Israel’s emphasis on nation-building represents the positive pole. Its educational expression is a professed interest in immigrant children as the citizens of the future. Nevertheless, the data indicate that these immigrants, though not regarded as culturally remote from Israel’s Western-oriented mainstream ethos, perceived initial educational encounters as oppressive, alienating, and antagonistic. They used these encounters as levers to achieve educational success. Several conditions for favorable cross-cultural adaptation of populations on scholastic and social levels are identified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-181
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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