Perceptions of Immigrant Student Experiences in U.S. Schools: A Gendered Lens

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Ed.S. in School Psychology


Department of Counselor Education and Human Services


Elana Bernstein


Immigrant students face many challenges when attending schools in the United States, including language barriers, cultural differences, and discrimination. While research has explored the experiences of immigrant students in U.S. schools, little is known about how these experiences differ based on gender. This qualitative research study aimed to explore the perceptions of immigrant students' experiences in U.S. schools from a gendered lens. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews with immigrant students in U.S. schools. The study found no significant difference in the overall perceptions of immigrant student experiences between genders. Both male and female students shared similar experiences of difficulties surrounding language barriers, and positive relationships at school and home with teachers, peers, and family. This study provides valuable insights into the complex experiences of immigrant students in U.S. schools and highlights the need for educators to consider the experiences of immigrant students when developing strategies to support their academic success. Further research is suggested to explore the intersectionality of factors that impact the experiences of immigrant students. Implications for educators and schools to support immigrant students are provided.


immigrant students, immigrant, gender, student experiences

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