Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Latino migrant parent influence on Latino migrant student university enrollment
by Gonzalez, Alejandro, Ed.D., California State University, Fullerton, 2013, 142; 3574079
Abstract (Summary)

Migrant families have long been victims of their unusual lifestyle. High poverty conditions combined with constant mobility in search for agricultural work have contributed to their challenging lifestyle. As a result, Latino migrant students are among the least likely to graduate from high school and pursue a college degree. However, in spite of such challenges faced by Latino migrant families, a small percentage of Latino migrant students graduate from high school and enroll in an institution of higher learning. The purpose of this research was to identify strategies employed by Latino migrant parents to assist their children in graduating from high school and enrolling in an institution of higher education. The study specifically focused on the role Latino migrant parents play in supporting and guiding their children into higher education. The following three questions guided this study: (a) How is parent involvement perceived and defined by Latino migrant parents of students enrolled in higher education?; (b) What barriers and support systems were present that impeded or supported their children's pursuit of higher education?; and, (c) What educational strategies are present in migrant families that have children in higher education?

Guided by a critical race theorist approach, individual interviews and focus group interviews. five themes emerged from the findings: (a) Success as Defined by Migrant Families; (b) Reinforcing the Value of Hard Work: (c) Notable Barriers and Obstacles in the Latino Migrant Community; (d) Strategies to Succeed Academically; and (e) The Impact of the Migrant Education Program.

One important and notable limitation of the study was the sample size. It is possible that a larger size would have resulted in more divergent findings and would have yielded broader recommendations. Furthermore, it is probable that only utilizing interviews as the primary information source has limited the findings.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Oliver, Ronald
School: California State University, Fullerton
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 74/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: English as a Second Language, Educational leadership, Hispanic American studies, Higher education
Keywords: College Assistance Migrant Program, Latino, Migrant farmworkers, Mobility, Parent influence, University enrollment
Publication Number: 3574079
ISBN: 978-1-303-47319-7
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