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ERIC Number: EJ995438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
From the Fields to the University: Charting Educational Access and Success for Farmworker Students Using a Community Cultural Wealth Framework
Bejarano, Cynthia; Valverde, Michelle
Journal of the Association of Mexican American Educators, v6 n2 p22-29 2012
In 2002, the New Mexico State University College Assistance Migrant Program (NMSU CAMP) was created to increase the number of baccalaureate degrees held by students from farmworker backgrounds by mediating structural impediments that typically normalize post-secondary inequities for this population. Migrant and seasonal farmworker students are significantly marginalized and underserved in the United States. There is also a notable lack of research exploring their success in higher education. This article addresses this gap through an exploratory analysis of quantitative and qualitative data spanning years 2006-2011 that include 130 self- administered questionnaires, six key informant interviews, and numerous observations. A "community cultural wealth" framework [CCW] (Yosso, 2005) is utilized to explore factors contributing to students' entrance into the university and their persistence thereafter. The findings suggest that farmworker students utilized the notions of "familia" and "pedagogies of the home" (Delgado Bernal, 2001) to navigate their transition inside an unfamiliar terrain, while the CAMP program itself utilized similar notions of "familia" to break the practice of "manufacturing sameness" typically experienced by students in the freshmen year. (Contains 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico