One of the potential research projects I want to tackle in the coming months is on immigrant students (and maybe refugee students) and how they direct their own learning. There is an often held belief that children of immigrants (especially first generation) often have high academic attainment. The phenomenon, dubbed the “immigrant paradox,” looks at some of its underlying reasons such as grit and motivation. However, Professor Cynthia Feliciano at UC Irvine argues that there is a more compelling reason for immigrant student success: that immigrants simply work their way into the social class they previously occupied in their native country. Here is the full paper.