The role of mentoring in immigrant adolescents' educational trajectories
WORKSHOP LED BY ÒSCAR PRIETO-FLORES
Òscar is an associate professor at the University of Girona. He obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Barcelona in 2007 and was Visiting Scholar in 2006 of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University, in 2012 of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University and in 2017 at the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at UMASS Boston. He is also Principal Investigator of the RECERCAIXA research project APPLYING MENTORING: Social and Technological Innovations for the Inclusion of Immigrant and Refugee Populations.
In the last decades, inquiries analyzing immigrant educational trajectories have explored how aspirations and expectations may have a great influence in upward social mobility processes (Portes, Aparicio and Haller, 2016).
While the existing research has shown the role of other significants (extra-familiar mentors) in shaping immigrant adolescent educational trajectories (Crul and Schneider, 2009); more work is needed to describe how educational trajectories are shaped and change over time. This presentation will present the preliminary results of the RECERCAIXA research project (APPlying Mentoring) shedding some light on how mentoring plays a key role in change or persistance after seven months between immigrant adolescents who participated in a mentoring program (n=201) in comparison to a control group with the same characteristics (n=156) who do not.
Another relevant aspect of this research is that teachers were also interviewed on their students expectations before and after. The implications of these outcomes for practitioners and researchers will also be presented.