ERIC Number: ED327129
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Education and Ethnicity in Southeastern Massachusetts. Issues in Planning and Policymaking.
Huff, Toby E.
While the Portuguese community, the largest ethnic group in southeastern Massachusetts, has contributed significantly to cultural life in New England, their participation in the region's educational and worklife has been minimal. This monograph examines the relationship between the socio-economic patterns that have emerged in southeastern Massachusetts and the educational characteristics of the region's Portuguese community (including Cape Verdeans, Azoreans, and Madeirans). Among other findings, the data reported show that: (1) low educational attainment levels prevail among southeastern Massachusetts residents in general; (2) the region has experienced comparatively high unemployment and low personal income; (3) half of the residents age 25 and over have not completed high school; and (4) low high school completion rate affects the numbers of college educated workers in the region since New England higher education institutions and employers draw from a smaller base of high school graduates. It is important that support be given for remedial work with potential dropouts in elementary and high schools, and that adult literacy programs in the region be strengthened. Seven references are included. (LT)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Attendance, Economic Status, Educational Attainment, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary School Students, Employment Potential, Ethnic Groups, Ethnicity, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Immigrants, Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Low Income, Minority Groups, Portuguese Americans, Student Attrition
New England Board of Higher Education, 45 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New England Board of Higher Education, Boston, MA.
Identifiers: Massachusetts (Fall River); Massachusetts (Lowell); Massachusetts (New Bedford)