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ERIC Number: EJ1034803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0195-6744
Exploring the Role of Community Cultural Wealth in Graduate School Access and Persistence for Mexican American PhDs
Espino, Michelle M.
American Journal of Education, v120 n4 p545-574 Aug 2014
This article focuses on the extent to which devalued forms of capital along with limited access to valued cultural capital facilitated the access and persistence of 33 Mexican American PhDs who earned their doctorates in a variety of disciplines at 15 universities across the United States. Using the framework of community cultural wealth, this study uncovered and contextualized the ways that Mexican American PhDs activated navigational capital, resistant capital, social capital, aspirational capital, and legitimated forms of cultural capital in order to access graduate school. In order to persevere in their doctoral studies, however, participants were often reminded that cultural capital was necessary for gaining access to socialization processes and support mechanisms that would lead to funding opportunities and faculty careers. This study illustrates the extent to which participants' forms of capital (including cultural capital) were valued within hegemonic and oppressive institutions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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