Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The possible selves of Latino males participating in the Upward Bound Program
by Massie, Jonathan, Ed.D., University of Southern California, 2009, 155; 3355455
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this ethnography was to investigate the content and structure and the factors that contributed to the development of the possible selves of Latino male students participating in Upward Bound, which is a federally funded program whose primary purpose is to prepare low-income and/or first-generation high school students for higher education. This qualitative study utilized a total of 19 participants of the Upward Bound Program being conducted at the University of Southern California campus.

Since the methodology of this study is qualitative, no causal conclusions were made. However, despite the limitations of this study, the findings are important to increase our collective understanding of the content and structure of the possible selves of Latinos. The description of the possible selves of the participants offers a rich and detailed description of future-oriented self representations that value academic success, personal and physical development and a clear desire to matriculate on to a university. The influence of the participants’ families were substantial and the participants’ involvement in Upward Bound resulted in the development and sharpening of their academic aspirations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jun, Alex
Commitee: Schiro, Paolina, Seli, Helena
School: University of Southern California
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 70/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational psychology, Hispanic American studies
Keywords: Bound, Boys, Latino, Males, Motivation, Possible selves, Upward, Upward Bound
Publication Number: 3355455
ISBN: 9781109140538
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