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ERIC Number: ED565578
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 189
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3036-8477-7
Giving Voices to Mexican Immigrant Parents: A Mixed Methods Study of Perceptions on the Transition to School
Beasley, Jennifer M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
The transition to formal schooling is thought of as a critical educational experience for all children and their families. This transition may be especially critical for those in the largest immigrant group in the United States, Mexican families and their children. Using Critical Race Theory, the aim of the current study was to give Mexican immigrant parents a voice in their experiences and perspectives regarding their children's transition to school. Using two distinct phases, the current study examined Mexican immigrant parents' perspectives on and experiences with their children's transition to kindergarten. In the first phase, information from interviews with 7 Mexican immigrant parents and feedback from an expert panel were used to revise the Family Experiences and Involvement in Transition (FEIT) survey (McIntyre et al, 2007), with the intent of making it more culturally sensitive and relevant, and a better reflection of Mexican families' perspectives and experiences. In the second phase of the study, 44 Mexican immigrant parents completed the newly adapted FEIT (FEIT-A) measure, providing some initial data about its utility, relevance, and psychometric properties. Implications of use of the FEIT-A for schools, communities, and practitioners are discussed. [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: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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