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ERIC Number: EJ879793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0859
Explaining the Gender Disparity in Latino Youth's Education: Acculturation and Economic Value of Education
Colon, Yari; Sanchez, Bernadette
Urban Education, v45 n3 p252-273 2010
The purpose of the current study was to examine the roles of acculturation, economic value of education, and gender in the academic achievement of Latino adolescents. Participants (N = 143) were 12th-grade students at an urban public high school. Analyses revealed that a higher economic value of education was related to higher academic achievement. In addition, female participants reported higher levels of economic value of education and had higher grade point averages (GPAs) than male participants. Significant associations were found among aspects of acculturation and academic achievement. Gender differences were also found on acculturation variables. Language preference, an acculturation variable, and economic value of education were found to explain why girls had higher GPAs than boys. This study's findings shed light on factors that contribute to Latinos' educational performance. Future directions and implications are discussed. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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