The purpose of this qualitative hermeneutic phenomenological study was to explore how social capital helped former at-risk Latinos become successful leaders. Using the social capital theory as the theoretical framework, this study focused on the types of support agents of social capital provided participants that helped them succeed academically and professionally. The participants, who are now leaders at a public middle school, describe how they are now agents of social capital that help students, their families, and other aspiring leaders. Data was collected to explore the lived experiences of this group using a background questionnaire (See Appendix B), face-to-face semi-structured interviews, an observational journal, and photovoice. The study revealed three main themes that participants found significant in their career: (a) family and community background, (b) mentors, and (c) contributions that facilitated their social mobility. In addition, there were six subthemes that supported the major themes. The findings of this study offered considerable insight into how social capital changed the life trajectory of Latino leaders who were former at-risk youth. The majority of participants described how their family was their first source of social capital. Some participants also described how peers and institutional agents also provided support.
|Commitee:||Letizia, Angelo, McKenna, Corey, Hartzell, Stephanie, Winkler, Chris|
|School:||Concordia University Texas|
|Department:||College of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Texas, US|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Bilingual education, Educational administration, Latin American Studies|
|Keywords:||At-risk communities, Latinos, Mentors, Social capital, Public middle school, Aspiring leaders , Academic success, Professional development, Social mobility, Latino leaders|
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