ERIC Number: ED391069
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Structural-Cultural Factors of Nonparticipation in Adult Basic Education by Chicano/a Adults in Urban Communities in Colorado. Final Section 353 Project Report FY 1994.
A study focused on the extent to which historical and contemporary subjectivities interplay with structural and cultural constraints to influence the decision making and human agency of Mexican American adults of the Southwest in nonparticipation in adult education. The issue of nonparticipation was explored from a social action paradigm. Data were also gathered regarding the action taken in response to perceived educational needs and desires. Information was collected from open-ended interviews with 30 Mexican American and Chicano/a adults (22 females and 8 males) in 2 urban communities in Colorado. Findings of the study include the following: (1) study participants exhibited tremendous cultural pride and identity, which influenced individual decisions and actions to engage in culturally insensitive social institutions; (2) a majority of individuals reported past efforts to upgrade academic and vocational skills; (3) almost all study participants indicated a lack of faith in the dominant enterprise of education based on experiences of educational exclusion in childhood or adulthood, intercultural struggles, and larger social and economic inequalities; (4) participants resist discriminatory educational practices by refusal, by creating their own opportunities for learning, by relying on cultural norms and values, and by proving themselves by character instead of by educational credentials. Adults who had participated in adult education reported teacher insensitivity, monocultural curriculum, poor quality programs, and a lack of intercultural understanding. (Contains 93 references.) (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.