Immigrant Student Achievement and Education Policy

Cross-Cultural Approaches

  • Louis Volante
  • Don Klinger
  • Ozge Bilgili

Part of the Policy Implications of Research in Education book series (PIRE, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ozge Bilgili, Louis Volante, Don Klinger
      Pages 3-15
  3. National Profiles

  4. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 207-214

About this book


This book examines immigrant student achievement and education policy across a range of Western nations. It is divided into 3 sections: Part 1 introduces the topic of immigrant student achievement and the performance disadvantage that is consistently reported across a range of international jurisdictions. Part 2 then presents national profiles from scholars in ten countries (England, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand). These educational jurisdictions were selected because they represent a range of Western nations engaged in large-scale reform efforts geared towards enhancing their immigrant students’ achievement. Each of the national profiles provides a brief overview of the evolution of the cultural composition of their respective school-aged student population; explains the trajectory of achievement results in non-immigrant and immigrant student groups in relation to both national and international large-scale assessment measures; and discusses the effectiveness of policy responses that have been adopted to close the achievement gap between non-immigrant and immigrant student populations. It also examines the relationships between education policies and immigrant student achievement and discusses how education policies have evolved across various cultural contexts. In conclusion, Part 3 analyzes cross-cultural approaches designed to address the performance disadvantage of immigrant students and proposes future areas of inquiry stemming from the national profiles. 

The book offers insights into a diverse cross-section of nations and policy approaches to addressing the performance disadvantage.  


Immigrant student achievement and education policy Performance disadvantage immigrant students National profiles immigrant students Cultural composition student population Policy responses to achievement gap Education policies performance disadvantage

Editors and affiliations

  • Louis Volante
    • 1
  • Don Klinger
    • 2
  • Ozge Bilgili
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationBrock UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Waikato UniversityHamiltonNew Zealand
  3. 3.Utrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-74062-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-74063-8
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