Difference, deficiency, and devaluation: tracing the roots of non-recognition of foreign credentials for immigrant professionals in Canada


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Author: Guo, Shibao


Many immigrant professionals experience devaluation and denigration of their prior learning and work experience after arriving in Canada. The roots of non-recognition can be traced to the following. First, epistemological misperceptions of difference and knowledge lead to a belief that the knowledge of immigrant professionals, particularly those from Third World countries, is deficient, incompatible and inferior, hence invalid. Second, an ontological commitment to positivistic and universal measurement exacerbates the complexity of this process. The juxtaposition of the misconceptions of...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Migration; Qualifications; Skills and knowledge; Equity; Disadvantaged; Employment

Keywords: Migrants; Immigration; Skill certification; Professional recognition

Geographic subjects: North America; Canada

Published: Ottawa, Ontario: Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, 2009

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Journal volume: 22

Journal number: 1

Journal date: November 2009

Pages: pp. 37-52

ISSN: 1925-993X, 0835-4944

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 115.867

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