ERIC Number: ED435512
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Latina Mothers' Involvement in Their Children's Schooling: The Role of Maternal Education and Acculturation. JSRI Working Paper No. 44. JSRI Research & Publications Working Paper Series.
Moreno, Robert P.; Lopez, Jose A.
Interviews with 158 Latina mothers of first-grade children examined the influence of mothers' acculturation and education on their attitudes toward and involvement in their children's education. The interviews covered participants' demographic and sociocultural characteristics, perceptions of their role and efficacy, knowledge of school-related activities, educational expectations for their child, perceptions of school climate, education-related support from families and friends, barriers to parental involvement, and reported levels of involvement. Regardless of acculturation level, more-educated mothers were more likely to view their participation as "part of their job." However, for mothers with a high school education or greater, less acculturated mothers had higher levels of self-efficacy with regard to their involvement and had higher expectations for their children than did more acculturated mothers. There was no evidence that the mothers found the school climate to be hostile or unreceptive. However, compared to their counterparts, less acculturated mothers and less educated mothers reported more barriers to their involvement and greater support from their spouses. Regardless of acculturation or education, Latina mothers participated in parental involvement activities ranging from "basic obligations" to "involvement in school governance," but more-educated mothers engaged in activities more frequently. (Contains 60 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Educational Attainment, Grade 1, Hispanic Americans, Mother Attitudes, Mothers, Parent Background, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Primary Education, School Attitudes, Socioeconomic Status
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Julian Samora Research Inst.
Identifiers - Location: California