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ERIC Number: ED558348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 298
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3038-7581-6
Catalyst for Change: Perceptions of Postgraduate Education among Guam's Filipino Women
Castro, Rowena Pena Vega
ProQuest LLC, D.Ed. Dissertation, Argosy University, Hawai'i
Filipino people's association with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population contributes to why they are overlooked in social sciences research. Particularly, academic literature on Filipino women living in the United States and Guam is lacking; therefore, programs, supports, and practices geared toward understanding and addressing their unique needs are minimal. This case study begins to address research gaps by examining Filipino women's perceptions concerning higher educational and occupational attainments and life satisfaction. Using transformational learning theory and the model minority theory as the theoretical lens, and drawing from the disciplines of sociology, education, and psychology, the views of Filipino women living on Guam were explored. Data from a demographic survey and in-depth interviews were collected and analyzed. Categorical construction techniques segmented and regrouped data in pertinent themes. Findings indicate participants' perceptions of higher education are influenced by their Filipino culture, with parents and occupational mobility identified as strong influences in postgraduate pursuits. Educational and occupational attainments are factors in participants' perceptions of their life satisfaction. Additionally, participants viewed postgraduate education as a transformative experience, which altered their personal and occupational perspectives, behaviors, and practices. Recommendations for further research include similar studies with different AAPI women or Filipino men. A similar study narrowing the parameters of the sample to focus on educational levels, program majors, or specific age groups is also recommended. In addition, quantitative studies testing the relationship between Filipino ethnic identity and academic achievement can help to increase understanding and inform practices concerning this population. [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
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Guam