ERIC Number: ED307364
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb-28
Empowering the Hispanic Female in the Public School Setting. Part I. Evaluation Department Report No. 617.
Davis, Donna G.
This report investigates low academic achievement and high dropout rates among Hispanic female students in San Diego (California) City Schools. The study examines factors contributing to the academic success of high achieving Hispanic female students and looks at causes of lower achievement among other Hispanic females. It also identifies psychological factors contributing to low achievement and suggests the following themes in studies of Hispanic American educational outcomes: (1) dead-end tracking; (2) failure to address the needs of limited English proficient students; and (3) lacks in parent involvement, counseling services, and general support for bilingual education. Nine primary evaluation questions informed the study. The study sample, methodology, and limitations are described. Students were both interviewed and tested to measure academic achievement and self-concept. Results showed that the causes of low achievement are diverse, complicated, and strong. Six areas for further research are described. The results are presented on 12 statistical tables. The appendix, a paper entitled "Review of Literature Concerning Hispanic Female Students," by Elizabeth Weiss, includes a list of 13 references. (AF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Bilingual Education, Dropout Rate, Dropouts, Elementary Secondary Education, Females, High Risk Students, High School Students, Hispanic Americans, Limited English Speaking, Low Achievement, Multivariate Analysis, Public Schools, Self Concept, Student Motivation, Urban Education
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Diego City Schools, CA. Planning, Research and Evaluation Div.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Coopersmith Self Esteem Inventory; Noncognitive Questionnaire