ERIC Number: ED374942
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Choosing Higher Education: The Educational Mobility of Chicano Students. A Report to the Latina/Latino Policy Research Program. CPS Report.
This report examines factors that influenced low-income Mexican-Americans from homes with little formal education to achieve high academic status. Although over one third of students in California's public schools are Hispanic, only a small fraction of these students complete a university education. Fifty Mexican-Americans (30 men and 20 women) who had completed graduate degrees were interviewed about family background and educational experiences. Most of the subjects' parents supported their children's educational goals, set high performance standards, and helped in any way that they could. In contrast to middle-class parents, subjects' parents frequently modeled a hard-work, education-as-mobility ethic. In addition, parents told stories of wealth, prestige, and position to their children to keep their hopes alive for a better future. Subjects expressed intense motivation for achievement and a personal vow that they would not continue to live in poverty. More than two thirds of subjects thought that persistence was more important to their success than innate ability. In all cases, subjects were exposed to a high-achieving peer group against whom they could realistically test their own skills and validate their performance. In fact, almost all had extensive exposure to middle-class white students, a circumstance that helped them to move easily between cultures and to adapt to widely differing situations. Minority recruitment programs and financial aid were critical to the continued education of most subjects. Implications for educational policy in California are discussed. Includes 70 references and a summary that was published separately. (LP)
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, Educational Attitudes, Educational Experience, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, High Achievement, Higher Education, Mexican American Education, Mexican Americans, Parent Influence, Parent Student Relationship, Peer Influence, Student Educational Objectives, Student Motivation, Work Ethic
California Policy Seminar, 2020 Milvia Street, Suite 412, Berkeley, CA 94704 (complete report available free to state government office, $10 to others at book rate; add $3 for first class; a check payable to UC Regents should accompany order).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. California Policy Seminar.
Identifiers - Location: California