Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Qualitative Study of Factors Promoting Doctoral Attainment of Second-generation Mexican American Males from California
by Chavarin, Jorge, Ph.D., Chapman University, 2016, 207; 10056039
Abstract (Summary)

Research on second-generation Mexican American males who attain a doctoral degree is limited. Often, the data presented clusters Mexican Americans under the Latina/o or Hispanic ethnic group, focuses on factors that hindered educational attainment or details Latino male experiences in context of their Latina female counterparts. Mexican-Americans are the largest subgroup of this ethnic group yet little is known about their post-secondary educational experiences. Rather than focusing on barriers, this study concentrated on the factors that influenced eight Mexican American males from California who attained their doctorates from a doctoral-granting university within California.

Arguably, the self-efficacious men of this study believed in their academic prowess, but found ability was not enough. Numerous other strategies were needed to help facilitate degree attainment: 1) Being goal-oriented served as the central cause to remain relentless; 2) Interaction with various types of mentorship which came from all aspects of life (academic, home, work); 3) Involvement from a culturally aligned dissertation chair; 4) Surrounding oneself with an inner circle of family and friends and academic peers; and 5) Viewing student loans as an investment that facilitated future aspirations and not as an obstacle. These factors didn’t clash against one another; rather, they complemented each other by providing different types of encouragement, support and direction at different times throughout their ascent. However, having a culturally aligned dissertation chair was viewed as the most critical factor toward degree attainment.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Prince, Jeneane
Commitee: Ayon, Maria C., Pendley, Philip
School: Chapman University
Department: Brandman University
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 77/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education, Ethnic studies
Keywords: California, Doctorate, Latino, Male, Mexican
Publication Number: 10056039
ISBN: 978-1-339-56796-9
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