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ERIC Number: ED545947
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 178
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2675-6798-7
Nuestras Experiencias: A Phenomenological Study of Latina First Generation Higher Education Graduates
Cruz, Diana E.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
A review of the literature indicates that Latinos lag behind White and African American students in higher education degree attainment. This educational gap is of concern because Latinos are the largest minority group in the United States, and the Latino population is expected to increase in the future. Higher education degree attainment for Latinos is vital because statistics show an undeniable relationship between degree attainment and income level. In order to ensure the economic well being of Latinos, it is important that Latinos persist through university degree programs. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the experiences of "at risk" Latina first generation college graduates. The study explored the personal, institutional and environmental factors that contributed to their success. Phenomenology was utilized to capture the essence of their experiences. Data for this study came from the in-depth interviews of Latina participants who attended K-12 public schools prior to entering a university setting. The narrative data from the interviews were transcribed and analyzed to gain an understanding of the factors that influenced the success of a group of Latina students who pursued higher education degrees and earned at minimum a bachelor's degree. Through the exploration of the participants' lived experiences during their pursuit of higher education, the themes which emerge are directly related to the various types of capital and social assets that are embodied within the Community Cultural Wealth framework: aspirational, linguistic, familial, social, navigational, and resistant. The findings suggest that the women's own desire for educational attainment, family expectations, and emotional support were key factors in their educational success. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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