Teaching the immigrant child: Application of child development theories

Grace Onchwari, Ariri J Onchwari, Jared Keengwe

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Abstract

Immigrant children are an under-researched yet a steadily growing group. It is therefore compelling for practitioners to understand challenges these children are likely to encounter in the classroom so as to effectively meet their needs. In this article various theoretical perspectives of prominent child development theories are analyzed in an attempt to understand immigrant children in the classroom. Theories of Maslow, Freud, Erikson, Piaget, Vygotsky, and Bronfenbrenner are explicitly discussed. Some suggestions for practice are also provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-273
Number of pages7
JournalEarly Childhood Education Journal
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

Keywords

  • Classroom practice
  • Diversity
  • English language learners
  • Immigrant children
  • Theories of child development
  • Young children

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