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ERIC Number: EJ891050
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0739-9863
Critical Resilience, Schooling Processes, and the Academic Success of Mexican Americans in a Community College
Campa, Blanca
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, v32 n3 p429-455 Aug 2010
This qualitative study adds new dimensions to the traditional paradigm of resilience through the lives of five Mexican American community college students. The term "critical resilience" emerges as a result of using ideology from a feminist critical perspective. In-depth interviews, classroom observations, and focus groups were used to learn how this group of students overcame many obstacles and achieved success at Camino Real Community College (a pseudonym). The findings demonstrate that the participants' critical resilience is promoted by focusing on the cultivation of a larger purpose connected to the social uplift of their families and communities. The author describes strategies situated within a sociocultural context used by the participants to cultivate a larger purpose. The strategies of "playing the game" and showing "respeto" (respect) shed light on the academic success of Mexican Americans who attend community colleges. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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