Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The journey to the doctorate: Successful stories of Hispanic/Latino counselor educators
by Lerma, Eunice, Ph.D., Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, 2010, 147; 3451680
Abstract (Summary)

This study explored the lived experiences of Hispanic/Latinos who have successfully completed their doctorate in counselor education. The educational journeys of Hispanic counselor educators have not been formerly discussed in the literature. Exploring the stories of successful Latino professionals challenged the deficit discourse in educational research, demonstrating that these individuals overcame often cited barriers. Latinos are currently the largest minority in the United States, yet currently have the lowest educational achievement of any other minority group. A phenomenological study was used to understand the meaning, structure, and essence of the lived experiences of Hispanic/Latinos who have completed the doctorate in counselor education. Twenty three counselor educators used the opportunity to share their educational journey through a set of open-ended questions. Out of the 23 participants, 8 counselor educators volunteered for an in-depth interview and follow up interview. The researcher searched for common themes that could be applied in recruitment and retention in counselor education programs. Eight emergent themes resulted from this study: (a) family role models, (b) family support, (c) educational support, (d) parental expectations, (e) ethnic identity, (f) resilience, (g) acculturation/cultural expectations, and (h) intrinsic motivation. The results of this study suggest that Hispanics have been able to overcome many cited barriers and obtain their doctoral degrees in counselor education. Furthermore, these experiences may add to the retention, recruitment, and completion of counselor educator degrees by Latina/os.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nelson, Kaye W.
School: Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: DAI-A 72/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Hispanic American studies, Higher education
Keywords: Counselor education, Hispanic, Latino, Minority counselor educators, Ph.D.
Publication Number: 3451680
ISBN: 978-1-124-56908-6
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