ERIC Number: ED322242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Focus on Parents. ASPIRA Five Cities High School Dropout Study.
Petrovich, Janice; Parsons, James L.
A study of Hispanic students in predominantly minority high schools in five American cities found that parental expectations for a child's educational attainment are important to high school completion. Based on the survey responses of the Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Central American students in that study, the following recommendations for policy and program planning are suggested: (1) statistical data should be collected by local, state, and national educational agencies that allow for disaggregation of Hispanics by origin; (2) parent involvement programs must target the language, educational, work, and child care needs of Hispanic parents; (3) since Hispanic parents may not have the formal education needed to tutor their children adequately or help with homework, efforts must be made to provide effective tutoring programs and to supply basic study materials, such as dictionaries, typewriters, and calculators; (4) the statistical data gathered on Hispanic urban high school students should be further developed as this cohort continues their educational careers. Statistical data are included on four graphs. A brief description of ASPIRA and its parent involvement projects is appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, High School Students, High Schools, Hispanic American Students, Hispanic Americans, Individual Characteristics, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Parents, Program Design, School Surveys, Urban Schools
Aspira Association, Inc., 1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 340, Washington, DC 20036 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Science Research Council, New York, NY.; Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., St. Louis, MO.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ASPIRA Association, Inc., Washington, DC. National Office.
Note: For related documents, see UD 027 160-161.