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ERIC Number: ED481645
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Against All Odds: Lessons from Parents of Migrant High-Achievers.
Trevino, Roberto E.
A case study examined the nature of parent involvement in five Mexican-origin, migrant families with children who were highly successful students. The families had their home base in different regions of Texas. Each had a child recognized as an exemplary migrant high school graduate, and together the families had more than 40 academically successful children. More than 100 hours of telephone interviews and home visits generated common themes concerning what these parents believed and did about child rearing and education. Parents envisioned superior achievement for their children and believed that: parents were the first teachers; graduating from high school and college was not negotiable; education was more important than student work or extracurricular activities; working hard was critical; children must be respectful; and corporal punishment was ineffective and unnecessary. The parents were proud of their children and encouraged self-esteem. Three families mentioned strong religious beliefs. The parents made sure that the oldest children were high achievers, who could mentor their younger siblings. Parents attended all school activities with an academic focus and all ceremonies recognizing their children's achievement, ensured that a parent was at home after school, monitored children's free-time activities very closely, designated the more-educated parent to assume primary responsibility for education, encouraged conversation and critical-thinking skills, provided whatever academic help and learning materials they could give, advocated for their children at school, minimized school interruptions, and made use of community and school resources. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas