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ERIC Number: EJ1195207
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Dec
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0972
"You Can Go to College": Employing a Developmental Perspective to Examine How Young Men of Color Construct a College-Going Identity
Huerta, Adrian H.; McDonough, Patricia M.; Allen, Walter R.
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v50 n5 p713-734 Dec 2018
This article examines college-going identity construction for Black, Latino, and Asian American and Pacific Islander high school students. The authors use Marcia's (J Personal Soc Psychol 3(5):551-558, 1966; in: Delson (ed) Handbook of adolescent research, Wiley, New York, 1980) ego identity statuses perspective to examine how students develop their college-going identities to consider their post-high school pathways. We draw on focus groups interviews with 153 Black, Latino, and Asian American Pacific Islanders students enrolled in 10 urban and suburban high schools in California. The findings show the importance of being somebody, not quitting before establishing a career or graduating from college, joining the military as a pathway to finance postsecondary education, and the internal pressure to pay for higher education. The significance of this paper challenges the dominant narrative of young men of color not invested or interested in higher education, but highlight how the young men of color negotiate their agency in constructing their ideas and making decisions based on how various tensions and aspirations shape their goals after high school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California
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