ERIC Number: ED383506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Migrant Farmworker Students: Decisions Involved in Post-Secondary Participation and Success.
Duron, Susan B.
A mail survey was conducted of all migrant youth who had received awards from the Gloria and Joseph Mattera National Scholarship Fund for Migrant Children during 1986-1992. Of the 354 scholarship recipients, 129 responded. In addition, 26 scholarship recipients were interviewed through structured telephone surveys. Over 92 percent of the mail respondents were Hispanic, with over 84 percent indicating that their home language was Spanish. Respondents indicated that 31 percent of financial aid was scholarships and fellowships, 22 percent was loans, and 33 percent was work or work-study. Approximately half indicated that the family and themselves were the most significant factors affecting decisions to enter and to continue postsecondary education. The most frequently mentioned obstacle to postsecondary education was lack of financial support. The greatest benefits acquired from college experience were access to a career, personal growth and knowledge, and increased self-confidence. Advice provided by respondents to other migrant students planning on attending college included talking to counselors, setting high goals, being persistent and open-minded, and applying what they had learned in school to life and careers. The document contains data tables, graphs, and survey questionnaires. (KS)
Descriptors: College Attendance, College Students, Educational Attainment, Financial Problems, Financial Support, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Mail Surveys, Migrant Education, Migrant Workers, Migrant Youth, Occupational Aspiration, Scholarships, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Telephone Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Geneseo. Coll. at Geneseo. Migrant Center.