Fostering upward mobility of Mexican American adults through a critical incident Public Deposited

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  • This research design was based upon the mutual relevance between the fields of education and anthropology to cause cognitive cultural awareness by the teachers of adults as well as visibility within the Mexican American ethnic group. Specifically the purpose of this study was twofold:. (1) to determine whether the adult American of Mexican descent believes his family and his ethnic group can benefit from education for adults in which the English language is taught, and (2) whether the Mexican American taking adult classes thinks he will achieve upward mobility in an advancing technical society through occupationally-oriented adult education. The Mexican Americans in the migrant labor stream of Oregon were the target population of this study to determine the components of their culture in relationship to their upward mobility in education and occupations within the majority society. Of particular significance to the study was a determination concerning the Spanish language impact and its cultural sensitivity to the upward mobility of the Spanish speaking in the larger English speaking society. The design of the study included a critical incident based upon the cultural strengths of the minority group, the Mexican American, to cause such adult class members to make decisions concerning the components of their need for upward mobility. The slide-tape incident with 24 specifically designed pictures and a Mex-Tex voice was planned to motivate and excite relevant comments. Nine members of an Experimental group were asked eleven questions. A Control group of nine responded to the questions without viewing the presentation. The following were significant differences of the two group responses: I. The Experimental group acknowledged a greater rapport with education counselors. 2. The Experimental group expressed a significantly greater need to learn Anglo rules than did the Control. 3. The Experimental group expressed a much greater self assurance. This target population indicated a strong desire to learn English and to have continuing adult education for their group, with the plea for bilingual and bicultural--or multicultural--components in providing upward mobility of the Mexican American in meeting societal changes.
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