ERIC Number: ED141421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Social Factors in Educational Attainment Among Puerto Ricans in U.S. Metropolitan Areas, 1970. The First in a Series of Reports on Puerto Ricans and Education.
Aspira, Inc., New York, NY.
This report identifies and analyzes forces in the schooling process that create delays in completions, that limit attainment, that foster the drop out rate and that reduce chances for higher education among Puerto Ricns in metropolitan areas in the U.S., as revealed by statistics from the 1970 census. In this study, an explanatory set of social and economic variables were related to educational measures for preparing and evaluating influences stemming from the school system, the Puerto Rican community and the parents. Multivariate correlations and the use of path analysis provided a basis for conclusions, as well as observations, regarding patterns of variation among the eleven metropolitan areas selected for intensive research. The findings showed that as of 1970 little or no progress had taken place in the schooling of Puerto Rican young adults when compared with the parent generation's school attainment and the attainment of other minority groups. Nationally, about 60% of Puerto Rican youth enumerated in the 1970 Census had left the educational system before high school graduation. An additional 25% graduated, but with some delay in the usual schedule for completion, indicating problems even when school was successfully completed. In varying degrees the delay/drop out pattern was found in nine out of the eleven metropolitan areas, some of which represent more than a single city. It was concluded that some of the social factors identified as influences on school problems could be modified by short-term changes in organization, but others would require redirection in the social structure that has ascribed to Puerto Ricans a minority and dependent role in the internal colonial system. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Dropout Rate, Dropout Research, Economic Factors, Educational Background, Educational Development, Educational Discrimination, Educational Trends, Grade Repetition, Metropolitan Areas, Path Analysis, Puerto Ricans, Social Influences, Spanish Speaking, Urban Areas
Aspira of America, Inc., 22 East 54th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022 ($2.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Aspira, Inc., New York, NY.
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