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Third Culture Kids
Transcript of Third Culture Kids
in AMERICA Reactions to
Social Mirroring resigned oblivious
unaware resistant Service to the
Community Hopeless self-
and Self-Doubt HOPEFUL acting
out Hopeless anger depression
and pride Day - to - Day
Aggrandizement What A Third Culture Kid is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents' culture.
They build relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership of any.
Missionary Kids (MKs)
Foreign Service Kids
Large Business Owner Kids WHO are TCKs? are TCKs? unique.
need love. "a person" "significant part... age. personalities.
participation in culture.
behavior. policies. time. of developmental
years" time. birth-18yrs. (years when a person begins to define their identity, relationships, and world view) "parents' culture" home
culture = example:
missionaries who have or bring
children on the mission field. 1 2 3 4 SOME BENEFITS... ... & CHALLENGES children of immigrants
immigrant children parents moved to the United States prior to having children children who participated in immigration with the parents 10 Biggest Differences
for TCKs in America cereal
aisle American attitude
toward life food clothes weather stuff inside the
of goods sports school EVERYTHING!! "Our identity is partly shaped by recognition or its absence...and so a person or people group can suffer real damage, real distortion, if the people or society around them mirror back to them a demeaning picture of themsleves"
-Charles Taylor, philosopher TCKs in
American Schools Developmental
Erik Erikson Infancy: trust
vs. shame Play Age: initiative
vs. guilt School
Age: industry vs.
inferiority Adolescence: identity vs.
role confusion COPE
ADJUST learning to
deal with the
in order to
fit the situation past.
future. most TCKs spend time
rather than the present topic or making future goals. "Physically I
Mentally I am not" the downward spiral
that causes grief students recognize
they are different, 1 2 3 4 5 begin to
to move on, have to work harder
to make friends, become friends with
"marginal" students, and they
never fully adjust.
This trend, along with
many similar scenarios,
can lead to long-term
grief if they are not
resolved by the end of the
adolescent stage of
development. easily drawn into the culture.
schooling is a ticket
for a better tomorrow.
after school programs.
bilingual education. ...for students ...for parents knowing how it could be keeps them optimistic.
gaining knowledge of school systems.
advocates for child's education.
...of teachers can be positive role models for students.
can build on past experiences to connect current topics.
creatively use curriculum in order to introduce technology and cuturally significant materials. ...for students ...for parents feel deprived of middle class lifestyle.
caught between old and new cultures.
could have missed significant amount of learning in native culture.
afraid of school authorities.
lack proper documentation to be in school.
rapid loss of first language.
difficult to find qualified teachers. working long hours to earn money for the family.
guiding children in unfamiliar environment.
greater effort to learn second language.
cannot communicate with teachers.
dont understand the child. any questions?