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From risk to resiliency : academic persistence in Mexican-American high school English as a Second Language students

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dc.contributor.advisor Suzuki, Warren N.
dc.creator Temes, Carla A.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-05T17:44:53Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-05T17:44:53Z
dc.date.copyright 2000-03-28
dc.date.issued 2000-03-28
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/34181
dc.description Graduation date: 2000 en_US
dc.description.abstract Five student-researchers and the author engaged in a continually-evolving, student-driven qualitative research study. Despite significant disadvantages, including navigating a. foreign culture without speaking the language, these invulnerable learners succeeded. Ultimately of greatest interest to the six were an analysis of their collective knowledge and experiences, and their individual transformation over the course of the study. The findings are organized around emergent themes and their evidence. Themes participants identified include resilience, the Mexican family, teachers and education, Mexican pride, and misconceptions about Mexicans. Resilience: A combination of personal resources (e.g., resilience) and environmental resources helped student participants to feel cared about, supported, and significant in school. Schools, as external mediators, were critical environmental resources in alleviating negative effects of student participants' stress. Family: Families, especially participants' parents, were their greatest source of motivation, inspiration, and support. The five student participants' concluded that the best means of promoting the ability to avoid problems is to instill in children early on a strong, non-negotiable value system. Teachers and Education: Participants and their families viewed education, and related necessary sacrifices, as key to success in this country. Academic frustrations included often-unchallenging curricula, isolation in the English as a Second Language program, and being treated as "less than" by teachers and peers. Pride in Being Mexican: The five expressed strong pride in being Mexican, and chose to demonstrate this through showing the dominant culture that Mexicans are capable, intelligent, hard-working people. Participants were also committed to serving as role models and counselors to those struggling as they had. Misconceptions about Mexicans: Interdependence, generosity, altruism, and camaraderie are attributes highly valued among most Mexican individuals. Misconceptions about Mexicans abound and are exacerbated by the American media. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mexican American students -- Education (Secondary) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers en_US
dc.title From risk to resiliency : academic persistence in Mexican-American high school English as a Second Language students en_US
dc.type Thesis/Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Education en_US
dc.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.degree.discipline Education en_US
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Beranek, David
dc.contributor.committeemember Higgins, Karen
dc.contributor.committeemember Khanna, Sunil
dc.contributor.committeemember Waldschmidt, Eileen
dc.description.digitization File scanned at 300 ppi (Monochrome) using ScandAll PRO 1.8.1 on a Fi-6770A in PDF format. CVista PdfCompressor 4.0 was used for pdf compression and textual OCR. en_US
dc.description.peerreview no en_us


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