ERIC Number: ED333083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Raising Career Aspirations of Hispanic Girls. Fastback 320.
Tinajero, Josefina Villamil; And Others
This pamphlet examines the conditions that put female Hispanic Americans at risk of not completing their education and not aspiring to careers, and describes a program that takes advantage of the important role played by the mother in Hispanic culture. The following factors make female Hispanic Americans the most at-risk of all students: (1) low grades and disciplinary problems; (2) lack of role models; (3) disproportionate levels of referrals to special education classes; (4) low teacher expectations; (5) lack of adequate vocational and career counseling; (6) stereotypical portrayals in the curriculum; (7) weak educational support at home; and (8) mothers with low educational attainment and low educational expectations for their daughters. The Mother-Daughter Program is a collaborative program involving the University of Texas, the YWCA, and three El Paso (Texas) school districts. The program targets Hispanic American female students in grade 6 and their mothers from low-income families in which no member has graduated from college. Mothers are a central focus of the program, because their expectations, involvement, and role-modeling have a lasting impact on their daughters' educational development. Participants engage in a variety of activities on local college campuses and in community service programs. Hispanic American college women who serve as role models are a vital component of the program. Mothers and daughters participating in the program report increased career awareness, self-confidence, and educational aspirations. A list of 20 references is appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Career Awareness, Career Education, College School Cooperation, Females, Grade 6, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Intermediate Grades, Mothers, Parent Role, Role Models, Urban Schools
Phi Delta Kappa, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789 ($0.90).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers: El Paso Independent School District TX; University of Texas El Paso