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ERIC Number: ED076271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May
Pages: 201
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A Study of Mexican American Cultural Characteristics as Perceived by Members of 100 Impoverished Mexican American Families and its Educational Implications.
Flores, Juan Modesto
Two questions were investigated in this study: (1) Does the low socioeconomic Mexican American perceive himself as he is portrayed in literature? and (2) Are there relationships between educational achievement, perceived cultural characteristics, and the 7 specific themes: 1) ethnic isolation, 2) Spanish language, 3) fatalism, 4) present day orientation, 5) limited aspirations, 6) "machismo", and 7) family solidarity? A questionnaire was developed for the 100 ninth grade students tested in Corpus Christi while another was administered to the 76 parents. The results indicated that Mexican American cultural characteristics as perceived by 100 low socioeconomic families tested are not in total accordance with literature. There was general agreement on ethnic isolation, Spanish language, family solidarity, and, to some extent, present day orientation, while there seemed to be general disagreement in the areas of fatalism, limited aspirations, and "machismo". The findings showed the Mexican American living in isolation, maintaining the Spanish language, and having strong family ties. He was also prone to function in the present rather than the past or future, was non-fatalistic, had high aspirations and generally disregarded the "machismo" concept. (HBC)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Houston