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ERIC Number: ED550326
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 253
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2678-0430-3
"Cuentos": The Intersection of Mexican-American Women and Special Education
Martinez-Rolle, Blanca
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, New Mexico State University
Historically, there has been a silence within disability and feminist studies to explore the intersection of gender, disability, and ethnicity. Through this silence, the of voices of Mexican-American women who were identified with learning disabilities and received special education services have been omitted. Through their personal narratives, five young Mexican-American women will tell their "cuentos". "Cuentos" is the Spanish word for stories. Traditionally, Mexican culture has utilized "cuentos" as a method to transmit cultural heritage. The purpose of this study is to understand the schooling experiences of five young women Mexican-American women who were identified with a learning disability and received special education services. Narrative inquiry using Seidman's (2006) model of in-depth phenomenological interviewing was utilized as a method of understanding the experiences of five young Mexican-American women through the reliving and retelling of their stories which make up their current lives. By using oral narratives, the five young Mexican-American women's voices became the center of this study. The narratives provided spaces to share their schooling experiences. The narratives are compilations of three interviews conducted with each participant. Through their personal narratives, the women illustrated how gender, disability, and ethnicity impacted their schooling and lives. A feminist framework was utilized as a method to analyze the narratives. Four major themes emerged (a) gender (b) education (c) ethnicity and (d) oppression. Additionally, several subthemes emerged in relation to the major themes. Through their "cuentos" it was found that gender and ethnicity have a direct impact on how the women perceive disability. [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
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Language: English
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