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ERIC Number: EJ1148998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1938-2243
"Why Not Me?" College Enrollment and Persistence of High-Achieving First-Generation Latino College Students
Vega, DesireƩ
School Psychology Forum, v10 n3 p307-320 Fall 2016
The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand the college-going experiences of 10 high-achieving first-generation Latino college juniors and seniors at a Hispanic-Serving Institution in the southwest. Despite facing barriers, many first-generation Latino students succeed in attending and completing their postsecondary education. Yet, minimal research exists to document these students' success stories. This study explored participants' perceptions of their decisions to attend college and motivation to persist in college. Results revealed four main themes: academic rigor, support networks, internal motivation, and responsibility as a first-generation college student. Recommendations for school psychologists working at the secondary level are provided to address inequities in postsecondary attendance among first-generation Latino students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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