ERIC Number: ED393647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Voices of Latina Migrant Mothers in Rural Pennsylvania.
Bressler, Stephanie L.
Four Latina migrant mothers who traveled with their families to pick tomatoes in northeastern Pennsylvania were interviewed as part of an oral history project. The women came from Mexico and Guatemala, were 22-37 years old, and had levels of formal education that ranged from "very little" to 9 years. They were interviewed about the goals and expectations of their childhood as defined by family and culture, the realities of their adult lives as migrant mothers, and their expectations for their children's future. The telling of their stories encouraged the mothers to explore the impact of the values and norms of Latina and migrant cultures, as well as family commitment to education, on their own limited life choices. The women's stories also depict the contradictory values that they and their children experience, including differences in sex role expectations between their own and the dominant culture, and the choice between continuing one's education in order to seek careers outside of farmwork or taking advantage of the immediate availability of work and the opportunity to make money. Many Latina migrant mothers would like to help lift their children out of the migrant life style. The concept of parental involvement should be expanded to include ways educators can empower these mothers to negotiate the cultural and life-style stumbling blocks in their and their children's way. Includes interview excerpts and an oral history outline. (Author/SV)
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Educational Attitudes, Educational Experience, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Influence, Females, Interviews, Mexican Americans, Migrant Education, Migrant Workers, Mothers, Oral History, Parent Aspiration, Parent Student Relationship, Primary Sources, Sex Role, Values
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Chapter 18 in: Children of La Frontera: Binational Efforts To Serve Mexican Migrant and Immigrant Students; see RC 020 526.