ERIC Number: ED039552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-4
Reference Count: 0
Cultural Stability and Change Among Mexican-American Families in an Urban Setting: A Comparison of Generations in El Paso, Texas.
American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.; New Mexico State Univ., University Park.
The El Paso study was directed toward the identification and analysis of cultural and social factors, their variation and magnitude among Spanish-speaking families and their school age children. The premise was that cultural and social variations do exist within as well as between social groupings. A stratified selection technique was employed to select schools for the study. A total of three distinct geographic areas were identified, and three schools from each were selected for the study. Student questionnaires and family interviews were used to obtain data. General conclusions were: (1) just over half of the mothers and fathers were born in the United States; (2) the population was stable; (3) families were large; and (4) education level was low. A major assumption was that an analysis of specific generations might reveal significant sub-group differences in cultural and social patterns. Students were therefore placed in one of four groups: (1) Mexican immigrant; (2) first generation Mexican-American; (3) second generation Mexican-American; and (4) American. Results showed that the greatest changes occur between immigrant children and third generation or more American families. Changes and trends toward acculturation were also evident in the three closely identified Mexican-American groups. (SJ)
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Sponsor: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Authoring Institution: American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.; New Mexico State Univ., University Park.
Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 2-6, 1970