ERIC Number: ED317634
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
To Serve Hispanic American Female Students: Challenges and Responsibilities for Educational Institutions.
Jaramillo, Mari Luci
This speech addresses the issues related to the education of Hispanic females. For Hispanic females, school failure has meant the perpetuation of poverty, the paucity of role models and mentors for the next generation, and the perpetuation of limited and stereotypic places for them in society. Based on relevant research, an examination of educational structures and their impact on Hispanic American females is presented. A general profile of the educational experiences of Hispanic American women is presented, with emphasis on the power that language has in framing this experience. Organization structure factors are presented as the determinants of schools' poor retention rate and lack of instructional success with Hispanic American females. The following ways in which structure factors in kindergarten through twelfth grade may determine the quality of education are covered: (1) in the way resources of all types are allocated to students: differentially, uniformly, or not at all; (2) in the manner by which schools fulfill their functions; and (3) in the way school personnel accept their professional responsibilities. Examples of structural inequities are presented to demonstrate that institutional discriminatory practices result largely from institutional inequities. Structural factors in higher education are also discussed. A list of 17 references is included. (JS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Rate, Females, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, School Holding Power, School Organization, Student Characteristics
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tomas Rivera Center, Claremont, CA.