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ERIC Number: ED550417
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 252
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2678-2408-0
"Los Logradores": Understanding the Role of Community Cultural Wealth in the Experiences of Latino Male Achievers at a Selective Predominantly White Institution
Perez, David, II
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University
In recent years, the educational crisis facing Latino males has garnered the attention of numerous stakeholders within higher education. While researchers offer numerous explanations regarding the underrepresentation and underachievement of Latina/o collegians, this study offers a different response to this emergent crisis by focusing on factors that contributed to the achievement of Latino males at a highly-selective, predominantly White research university. Yosso's community cultural wealth framework was utilized to explore how Latino males conceptualized and demonstrated their achievement. Qualitative research methods were used to explore the achievement patterns of 10 "logradores" [Latino male achievers] who were born or raised prior to the age of five in the United States, traditional age college students, enrolled full-time, entered as freshmen at the institution, completing their junior or senior year, and maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the 2010-2011 academic year. "Logradores" were asked to participate in a three hour semi-structured interview, complete a demographic profile form, and submit a copy of their academic transcript. A phenomenological approach guided the execution of this study. The manner in which "logradores" conceptualized their achievement deviated from traditional measures of success. While Latino males acknowledged the importance of grades, they emphasized the importance of "being the best," "being involved," and "being well-rounded" college students. These conceptualizations of achievement were associated with specific forms of capital reflected in Yosso's community cultural wealth framework. Implications for research, theory, policy, and practice are presented with emphasis placed on increasing the achievement of Latino male collegians at predominantly White institutions. [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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