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ERIC Number: ED561479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 127
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3034-6657-1
Positive Deviance: First Generation Latino College Students
Castaneda-Flores, Erika
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
First generation Latino college students are under-performing and continue to have the lowest levels of educational attainment relative to other groups in the United States. This study utilized a positive deviance theoretical framework to uncover the challenges faced by first generation college students, as well as the strategies used to achieve college persistence and higher levels of educational attainment. Data collection occurred via interviews with ten positive deviant students, currently in their third year of college in the state of California. Results revealed challenges related to limited college readiness, a challenging first year transition, financial struggles, lack of support systems, and negative self-perceptions. In addition, the results also unveiled numerous strategies employed by these students to mitigate their challenges, such as maintaining a college focus in high school, self-regulating learning, and establishing support systems. The study's results have significant implications for both high school and college educators as they aim to narrow the educational attainment achievement gap of the largest growing minority group in the United States. Furthermore, the findings of this study are of interest both to the families of first generation Latino college students and students striving to achieve college persistence and higher levels of educational attainment. [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; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California