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Be brave, have hope: A qualitative study to understand resilience in elementary Latino students
by Villegas Gallegos, Noemi Patricia, Ed.D., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 171; 3647119
Abstract (Summary)

The education literature is replete with deficit theories such as culture of poverty, that point out the risk factors of Latino children and their communities, but seldom do researchers study the assets of children and their immediate support networks in order to shift the educational discourse towards strength or capabilities Latino children often bring to school. This qualitative study researches students' Resilience as understood from an anthropological perspective. Interviews were conducted with 22 participants, including students, parents and educators. Classroom observations and children's art were also collected to expand understanding ofthe following research questions:

1. What are the individual characteristics of Latino students who display resilience, including personality traits, behaviors and individual attributes? 2. What are the support networks that foster students' growth and development of positive adaptation when facing adversity, including community and/or family resources? 3. How do schools promote the development of children's resilience?

Following a conceptual framework centered on positive psychology, empowerment theory and strength-based practices, this study focuses on understanding the individual characteristics found in elementary Latino students as well as the support networks that promote their development of resilience.

Findings from this study shed light on the individual resilient characteristics of students. Parents were found to exhibit resilient characteristics and behaviors that promoted students' resilience. Supportive educators identified, not only the strengths of students, but also the strengths found in students' families and communities. Recommendations are provided for further research, practitioners, and policy makers at the local, state and national level.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Symcox, Linda
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 76/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Multicultural Education, School counseling, Elementary education
Keywords: Latino students, Resilience
Publication Number: 3647119
ISBN: 978-1-321-36936-6
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