ERIC Number: ED026175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Dec-27
Reference Count: 0
Social and Cultural Characteristics of Mexican-American Families in South El Paso, Texas. Interim Report of the Mathematics Education Program.
Anderson, James G.; Johnson, William H.
A study with emphasis upon cultural and social factors focused on urban Spanish-speaking children and their families in south El Paso, Texas. Specific objectives sought to identify: cultural and social characteristics of the student sample with respect to language patterns, basic attitudes towards school and mathematics, self-concept of ability, attitudes towards peers, and achievement motivation; and general characteristics of the student's family with respect to its socioeconomic status, language patterns, attitudes towards school and mathematics, and the amount of support given to the child to assist him in his school work. Although the students came from large, impoverished families where parents' educational levels were relatively low, higher educational aspiration for the children was evident; lack of support of the children in school was apparent, yet parents felt that everything the children studies would be valuable to them outside school. It was concluded that motivational factors were far more important in predicting success in mathematics than was the educational level of parents, or the language that they spoke. (SW)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Southwest Educational Development Corp., Austin, TX.
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces.
Identifiers: Texas; Texas (El Paso)
Note: Paper prepared for Joint Meeting of AAAS with the Nat. Coun. of Teachers of Math., Dec. 27, 1968, Dallas, Texas