ERIC Number: ED310716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Oral Histories of Latino Academics: Work in Progress.
Casanova, Ursula; Budd, Alice Trujillo
Plans for an oral history project involving Hispanic academics are presented. Although the 1980s were heralded as the decade of the Hispanics, Chicanos and Puerto Ricans continued to be poorly represented in the academy, and in 1983 they comprised less than 2% of all full-time academic faculty in the United States. The project is designed to develop a qualitative database to help explain this underrepresentation. Twenty interviews with male and female Hispanic academics will be completed for the pilot portion of the study. This paper reports five interviews with two Chicanos and three Puerto Ricans. Preliminary research questions seek the answers to: personal and family characteristics and career patterns of Latinos who successfully gain participation in the academy; the most significant influences on their success; hindrances they have faced; and factors influencing their satisfaction at an institution of higher education. The interviews to date suggest several areas for deeper, more extensive analysis (e.g. the parental role in running interference during a child's school career, the interplay between language and school experiences as well as the role of language in developing an ethnic identity, the influence of "el movimiento" on the careers of Latinos, the role of peer support groups and possible gender differences, and the validity of the concept of an ethnic epiphany and its effect on the individual). (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).