ERIC Number: EJ1093643
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
The Value of Education and "Educación": Nurturing Mexican American Children's Educational Aspirations to the Doctorate
Espino, Michelle M.
Journal of Latinos and Education, v15 n2 p73-90 2016
Guided by the framework of community cultural wealth, this study uncovered how 7 low-income, 1st-generation Mexican American PhDs interpreted their parents' and families' educational aspirations, messages imbued with aspects of normative parental/familial involvement as well as cultural forms of support. This study demonstrates the power of narratives that children carry with them as they navigate various educational systems. I discuss strategies for helping Mexican American students make meaning of these messages and negotiate potential conflicts with their goals of degree attainment, and I add a new dimension to research on the formation of educational aspirations and the role of "educación."
Descriptors: Mexican Americans, Mexican American Education, First Generation College Students, Academic Aspiration, Educational Attitudes, Family Involvement, Parent Participation, Low Income Students, Critical Theory, Race, Cultural Capital, Graduate Students, Semi Structured Interviews, Personal Narratives, Stereotypes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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