Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Una cadena de esperanza: How Latino male English language learners use community cultural wealth in challenging negative educational experiences
by Yah, Veronica, Ed.D., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 213; 3574905
Abstract (Summary)

Latino males from an English Language Learner (ELL) background are not successfully graduating from high school and going to college. This study seeks to understand this phenomenon through narratives of young Latino males in the Los Angeles area. Guided by Yosso's theory community cultural wealth theory, this qualitative study examines the challenges experienced by Latino males in their high school English Language Learner programs, and how these challenges were met. community cultural wealth theory provides six tenets of capital that communities of color possess: aspirational, familial, linguistic, social, navigational, and resistance. These types of cultural wealth exist in the lives of students and can assist students in attaining successful educational outcomes. Interviews with 16 Latino male ELLs between the ages of 18 to 25 were conducted over a 2-month period. The 16 Latino male ELLs were divided into groupings of high school graduates in college, high school graduates, high school students finishing their diploma requirements, and high school dropouts. Along with these interviews, four parent interviews were also conducted in order to gain a holistic perspective of the Latino males' experiences. Latino male ELLs illustrated the utilization of multiple forms of community cultural capital in their narratives; forms of social, linguistic, and navigational capital made a difference in Latino male ELLs that reported not only finishing high school, but also attending college. Conclusions of the study will be used to make recommendations for improvements in counseling services, assisting newly arrived ELLs to high school, and specific changes to policy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reese, Leslie
Commitee: Belcher, Cartherine, Slater, Charles
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 75/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: English as a Second Language, Multicultural Education, Secondary education, Hispanic American studies
Keywords: Boys, Community cultural wealth, English language learners, Latino, Negative educational experiences
Publication Number: 3574905
ISBN: 978-1-303-52093-8
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