CULTURAL CAPITAL AND THE RICHES OF MANNA: INTEGRATION OF IMMIGRANT SCIENTISTS IN ISRAELI ACADEMIA

TitleCULTURAL CAPITAL AND THE RICHES OF MANNA: INTEGRATION OF IMMIGRANT SCIENTISTS IN ISRAELI ACADEMIA
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsDavidovitch, N, Soen, D, Sinuany-Stern, Z
JournalProblems of Education in the 21st Century
Volume20
Start Page118-134
Date PublishedApril/2010
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1822-7864
Other NumbersICID: 909748
Keywordsabsorption of immigrant scientists, academic achievements, academic distinction
Abstract

The article deals with transnationalism – the flow of cultural capital across borders. Around 16,000 scientists entered Israel during the 1990s. Some of them joined the academic staff. This case study is the first to compare between achievement measures of new immigrant and native Israeli senior academic faculty. It is based on the analysis of performance records of 206 senior faculty members from the Ariel University Centre, out of whom 77 were born overseas. The study analyzes staff who received financial rewards for excellence for the three years 2006-2008, based on their activities, as measured by several criteria: excellence in research, teaching, academic administration, and contributions to the community. On the whole, the study revealed that a larger percentage of immigrant faculty members vs. native Israelis scored on excellence criteria. A discriminant analysis was performed in order to examine to what degree scoring on various excellence criteria distinguishes between immigrants and native Israelis faculty. All in all, the research reveals that immigrant scientists have become well integrated in the analyzed institution; their academic contribution was a major one.

URLhttp://oaji.net/articles/2014/457-1400134632.pdf
Refereed DesignationRefereed
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