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Understanding immigrant college students: Applying a developmental ecology framework tot he practice of academic advising
NACADA: Academic Advising Journal (2011)
  • Michael J. Stebleton, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Abstract

Immigrant college student populations continue to grow, but the complexity of their unique needs and issues remain relatively unknown. To gain a better understanding of the multiple contextual factors impacting immigrant students from a systems-based approach, I applied Bronfenbrenner’s (1977) human ecology framework to the study. Students interact with the environment, including exchanges with academic advisors, that influence student development, success, and retention. In this theory-based essay, I contend that the philosophy of a developmental ecology approach parallels the foundational tenets of developmental academic advising, mainly through an emphasis on context and working with the whole student. I offer strategies for practice and ideas for future application as well as use an adapted human-ecological model to illustrate immigrant issues.

Keywords
  • immigrant student,
  • academic advising,
  • social justice,
  • multicultural student affairs
Publication Date
2011
Publisher Statement
Published by NACADA Journal
Citation Information
Michael J. Stebleton. "Understanding immigrant college students: Applying a developmental ecology framework tot he practice of academic advising" NACADA: Academic Advising Journal Vol. 31 Iss. 1 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael_stebleton/11/