ERIC Number: ED469295
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
College Knowledge: What Latino Parents Need To Know and Why They Don't Know It.
Tornatzky, Louis G.; Cutler, Richard; Lee, Jongho
To help their children make a successful transition between high school and college, Latino parents must know about the process and what actions need to be taken when. A telephone survey of 1,054 Latino parents in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles and in-depth interviews with 41 of them examined how and to what extent these parents have acquired such information, dubbed "college knowledge." The survey included an eight-item "mini-test" of factual college knowledge. About two-thirds of respondents missed at least half of the items. Knowledge deficits were significantly more evident among parents with lower incomes and educational levels and among first-generation immigrants. Parents acquired college knowledge from counselors, teachers, and family and from printed materials and the Internet. Both English and Spanish mass media were conspicuously absent as sources of information. Language barriers were an extremely important factor impeding acquisition of college knowledge. While exposure to college representatives and events was low, its impact was robust. Knowledge levels and information-seeking behaviors are analyzed for parents of high, middle, and low socioeconomic status. Recommendations are offered for outreach to Hispanic parents. Two appendices present the survey mini-test and methodology. (TD)
Descriptors: College Preparation, Educational Needs, High Schools, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Immigrants, Information Needs, Information Seeking, Information Sources, Knowledge Level, Limited English Speaking, Parent Role, Parent Student Relationship, Socioeconomic Influences
Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, Tel: 909-621-8897 ($10.00 plus shipping). For full text: http://www.trpi.org/PDF/College_Knowledge.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Tomas Rivera Policy Inst., Claremont, CA.