Date of Award

1-1-2014

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

P. Bruce Uhrmacher

Abstract

To date, few research studies have focused on the home environments and specific strategies used by immigrant families to successfully parent gifted youth. This dissertation explores the parenting beliefs and practices of immigrants raising academically achieving gifted children in the United States. Using data from home observations and interviews, the study attempts to detail the cross-cultural parenting beliefs and practices of immigrants and what role these play in nurturing the academic success of gifted children. The study also examines the influential role of traditional values from the country of origin on these beliefs and practices. Using the qualitative method of portraiture, one cross-cultural belief, five cross-cultural parenting practices, and the concept of a Bicultural Academic Home Environment are illuminated through a narrative that combines both aesthetic and empirical detail. Central to this narrative are four meaningful themes-"Sometimes It Is Just a Part of the Story," "Doing the Best You Can," "Promoting the Good," "I Plant and Now I Harvest"- that ultimately illuminate the home environment and parenting used by immigrant families to nurture the academic achievement of gifted children in America.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Kipling Wiles

File size

318 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Gifted education

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