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ERIC Number: ED491398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
The Power of Mexican Descent Families in the Successful Education of Their Children
Hughes, Craig A.
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Mexican descent students leave school before completions at a much higher rate than other ethnic groups. Marginalization is one contributing factor. Thirty-two Mexican descent students were interviewed with two main objectives: What marginalization factors did they experience in their secondary schools? What factors allowed them to overcome marginalization and graduate? This report focuses on the influence of family members. All participants reported that family members, usually parents, played a vital role in their educational progress. Such contributions ranged from providing sufficient food and shelter so the students did not have to work to physically forcing them to attend school, to providing assistance with homework and school assignments. The analysis of the data was conducted following general guidelines for qualitative data. The interviews were considered "narrative" life stories. This report documents the need for schools to consider family influence when attempting to assist Mexican decent students. Further studies are needed to examine how successful schools are able to make this connection. Thirteen references are included in the report. (Contains 24 dialogue boxes.)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A