ERIC Number: EJ942087
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Issues and Strategies for Studying Latino Student Dropout at the Local Level
Hernandez, Mario; Nesman, Teresa M.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v13 n4 p453-468 Dec 2004
Latino student dropout is a national concern that must also be addressed strategically in local communities. Although national studies are important for pointing out areas of concern, local studies can provide more specific information for local policy development and implementation. This paper presents an example of local community-initiated needs assessment that addresses issues of Latino access to education. Focus groups and interviews were held with Latino students, parents, and community leaders as well as teachers and administrators. Issues and strategies of the needs assessment process are presented, which include involving key stakeholders, engaging community members as research partners, and engaging school personnel. General findings are presented and linked to accomplishments of the needs assessment process, such as increasing community awareness of issues and building commitment to implement strategies identified to reduce Latino student dropout.
Descriptors: Community Leaders, Needs Assessment, Dropouts, Focus Groups, School Personnel, Hispanic American Students, Interviews, Stakeholders, Community Role, Educational Strategies, Dropout Prevention, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes
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