ERIC Number: ED324392
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
ASPIRA Five Cities High School Dropout Study: Focus on Parents.
Petrovich, Janice; Parsons, James L.
Half of all Hispanics living in the United States aged 25 or over have not finished high school. According to the 2-year longitudinal study from which this report is drawn, 64.4 percent of the 700 ninth-grade students in the sample reported that their fathers or stepfathers did not complete high school. For mothers and stepmothers, the percentage is 63.0. The language of greater comprehension of the majority of Hispanic parents is Spanish. Typically, their jobs do not allow them the flexibility to attend meetings or teacher conferences. Although the parents value education and encourage effort, they are unable to assist their children with homework or provide basic resources for study at home. It is recommended (1) that educational agencies collect more accurate data on Hispanics by origin; (2) that the problems of Hispanic parents be addressed; (3) that typewriters, calculators, dictionaries, and tutoring assistance be supplied; and (4) that the data in the present study be expanded and continued in order to track this cohort of students through their school careers. (DM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Counselors; Practitioners
Sponsor: Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., St. Louis, MO.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Social Science Research Council, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ASPIRA Association, Inc., Washington, DC. National Office.