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ERIC Number: ED563610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 200
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3035-5121-5
La Nueva Esperanza-Hispanics and Catholic Education
Vazquez Matos, Alberto
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
In this study, the administrators of a Roman Catholic Diocese needed to find innovative ways to make connections with, educate, and recruit Hispanic families, or they would begin to see their schools close. It is important to understand the needs and culture of Hispanics in the United States in order to create strong academic programs, culturally proficient schools, and strong outreach programs that may help Hispanics to become successful citizens. The conceptual framework for the study consisted of Piaget's theories of cognitive development and moral education, as well as Bandura's self-efficacy theory. Three areas were focused on in this study: the reasons Hispanic families chose to enroll or not enroll their children in Catholic schools, the barriers that prevented Hispanic parents from enrolling their child(ren) in Catholic schools, and the educational benefits Hispanic parents felt their children gained from attending a Catholic School. Using the case study method, the perceptions, obstacles, interactions, and/or needs that might cause Hispanic parents to choose or not to choose a Catholic education for their child(ren) were investigated. After 8 Hispanic parents were interviewed, the data were coded for emerging themes based on the theoretical frameworks. Findings indicated a strong need for Catholic schools to review their academic programs and create other programs that include opportunities not only for students but also for the Hispanic family. In order to address these findings, a 5-year strategic plan was created for the diocese, which may contribute to social change by promoting parental choice for Hispanic families in providing their child(ren) with the best possible educational services and programs. [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: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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