ERIC Number: ED207743
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Chicano Scholars: Against All Odds.
To ascertain why some Mexican Americans achieve despite the record that less than 60% of all Hispanics complete high school and earn only 2% of all bachelor's and 1% of all doctoral degrees, retrospective interviews provided data on 10 dimensions of background characteristics of 45 Chicano "invulnerables." One-third were females; all were 40 years old or less, possessed a J.D., M.D., or Ph.D. from a recognized university, and came from families in which neither parent had completed high school or held a job higher than skilled laborer. Salient findings indicated: all subjects translated parental regard for the work ethic to their school work; half viewed their mothers as the dominant, supportive figure in the home; almost two-thirds attended highly integrated (Anglo) schools, competing successfully against students representing the dominant society; by high school, 82% were considered "college material"; most came from Chicano communities acknowledged as "better than other Chicano neighborhoods"; most felt persistence first, then hard work and ability, were most important to their academic success; all were bicultural, coming from Spanish-speaking homes with strong Mexican cultural ties, but able to adapt to the dominant culture; and many were influenced by the personal attention of a role model or mentor. (NEC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Biculturalism, College Graduates, Cultural Context, Degrees (Academic), Family Characteristics, High Achievement, Higher Education, Individual Characteristics, Mentors, Mexican Americans, Motivation, Parent Attitudes, Parent Influence, Role Models, Socioeconomic Background, Spanish Speaking, Student Attitudes, Success, Work Attitudes
The Rand Corporation, 1700 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90406 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Note: Paper copy not available due to publisher's preference. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (Albuquerque, NM, November, 20-22, 1980).