ERIC Number: ED211285
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Hispanic Immigrants Want to Become Americans, But Retain Their Ethnic Identity.
Ogletree, Earl J.
A 37-item questionnaire was administered to 255 Chicago Hispanics to determine if Hispanics favor assimilation or pluralism or some state in between. Respondents included 23% Mexicans, 36% Puerto Ricans, 29% Cubans, and 11% South Americans. Of these, 33% were blue collar workers, 60% teachers, and 7% high school students. A total of 89% were born outside the United States. Data were analyzed by gender, marital status, and number of children in family. To determine the degree of assimilation, responses were categorized according to Gordon's seven stages of assimilation. Findings indicated that at least partial assimilation with social and political equality is the goal of the sample and that support for bilingual education and maintenance of cultural patterns will be sustained. Ethnic intermarriage and the desire to become American by the majority of the sample suggest a major step in the assimilation process. Findings suggested that, although acculturation is taking place, a certain degree of separateness (based on religion, ethnic identity, and behavioral patterns) exists and will be sustained in the future and that this will have particular significance for education in terms of school curriculum, bilingual programs, and desegregation of schools. (CM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Illinois (Chicago)