ERIC Number: ED359286
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Student Voices: High School Students' Perspectives on the Latino Dropout Problem. Interim Report: Volume II. Student Research Project.
Rodriguez, C. E.
A study was done by student researchers of Latino high school students' perspectives on the Latino dropout problem. Four large, zoned high schools with few selective programs and with substantial numbers of Latinos (23 percent to 43 percent) were selected. Two of these high schools had high and two had low Latino dropout rates. Approximately 60 Latino students were interviewed and surveyed at each school, making for a total sample of 240 students. Students represented various academic levels and school grades and included Limited English Proficient (LEP) and non-LEP students. Substantial differences were found between the two types of schools with regard to students' perceptions of the following school traits: school spirit, teachers' and counselors' cultural sensitivity to Latinos, students' likes and dislikes, how students would change their schools, how different student racial groups get along, how schools handle university opportunities, and the extent to which schools encourage parental involvement. The data also indicate that the schools do not differ substantially with regard to why students think Latinos drop out; how they view the school's handling of truancy and cutting of classes; and how Latino student groups got along. Includes recommendations, copies of the survey form in English and Spanish, and 2 class reading lists citing 99 references. (Author/JB)
Descriptors: Diversity (Student), Dropout Rate, Educational Attitudes, Educational Environment, High School Students, High Schools, Hispanic American Students, Hispanic Americans, Limited English Speaking, Parent Participation, Racial Relations, Spanish Speaking, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Latino Commission on Educational Reform.
Authoring Institution: Fordham Univ., Bronx, NY.