ERIC Number: ED104619
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-29
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Comparative Study of the Assimilation of Mexican Americans: Parochial Schools Versus Public Schools.
Lampe, Philip E.
The relationship between the degree of assimilation of Mexican Americans and the school system they attend was examined. Seven basic types of assimilation were studied--cultural, structural, marital, identificational, attitudinal, behavioral, and civic assimilation. A questionnaire was administered to 8th grade students in 9 public and 9 parochial schools in San Antonio, Texas. In each school system, 3 schools were classified as middle class, 3 as working class, and 3 as lower class according to the parents' occupation. The final sample consisted of 383 students (168 in public schools and 215 in parochial) who indicated that their mother and/or father were of Mexican American descent. Therefore, parentage rather than surname was the basis for ethnic determination. In order to provide some control over those variables related to residential location, both public and parochial schools which were in close physical proximity were selected. Some findings were: (1) Mexican Americans in parochial schools showed greater overall assimilation and scored higher in cultural, structural, (tendency toward) marital, attitudinal, and civic assimilation; (2) those in public schools demonstrated greater identificational assimilation; and (3) there was virtually no difference between the groups in behavioral assimilation. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Texas; Texas (San Antonio)