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ERIC Number: ED050842
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Educational and Cultural Values of Mexican-American Parents; How They Influence the School Achievement of Their Children.
Taylor, Marie E.
Purpose of the study was to determine whether rural Mexican American working-class parents differed significantly from rural Anglo American middle-class and/or working-class parents with respect to value orientation, attitudes held toward the value of education, and effects upon school achievement of the 3rd- and 4th-grade children of these parents. Sample groups in the rural agricultural population of the San Joaquin Valley, California, included 20 Mexican American families, 21 Anglo working-class families, and 24 Anglo middle-class families. According to results of the Value Orientation Schedule, all 3 parent groups were oriented to the present, were more "doing" than "being" types of people, and were in harmony with the nature of their life activities. Results of the Minnesota Survey of Opinions--Education Scale indicated that all 3 groups were on the positive side of the attitude scale, with the Anglo middle-class group being strongest. Pupil achievement scores coupled with information on parent's attitudes toward education revealed that parental attitudes did affect the child's school achievement, particularly in reading, except with the Anglo working-class group. Due to small sample size, far-reaching recommendations are not valid. Implications call for the schools to realize that similarities and differences exist between Anglo and Mexican Americans. Five tables, 1 figure, and 60 references are included, as well as materials used in the study. (MB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.