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TR 72. Nerds, Normal People, and Homeboys: Asian American Students and the Language of School Succes

By Stanford T. Goto

Summary: This study is an attempt to complicate current explanations of Asian American success in school. Using ethnographic methods, Goto examines how a group of high- achieving Chinese American high school freshmen perceive themselves as learners and group members, and how these perceptions relate to existing research on Asian American success. He argues that their behavior in school is directly influenced by their perceptions of Asian and non-Asian peers; their awareness of family expectations and status mobility are related but less direct influences. Winner of NCTE's Promising Researcher Award. June 1995; 30 pages

TR 72. Nerds, Normal People, and Homeboys: Asian American Students and the Language of School Success
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