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Research Proposal

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Jesica Leon

on 25 March 2014

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Transcript of Research Proposal

What specific community
is affected by this problem?
The specific community that is affected by this problem is the Latino community, and the community of future latino generations.
What do I hope to change once I expose this issue?
I hope to change the stereotype of the Latina woman. I want to change the statistics in higher education. All students should have the support to succeed in higher education. Some may need it more than others, but overall support has to change in higher education to assist those in need specifically minorities and women.
What is your research question?
Why are so few
pursuing higher education?
What is your working thesis?
So few Latinas are pursuing higher education because of a potential lack of mentorship, there is minimal encouragement, and familism plays a large role.
After doing my research how do I foresee my thesis evolving?
I forsee this as a whole evolving into a greater issue in minority communities. But more specifically i forsee that my thesis will unfortunatly expand because there are truly many factors as to why there are few Latinas in higher education.
Research Proposal
What broad social justice issue do I intend to address?
Latina In Higher Education.
I will address the social justice issue of minorities in both attending and fulfilling higher education. Specifically focusing on Latina woman and why they are less likely to earn college degrees even though they enroll in college.
Source #1
Source #2
Multimedia Source #1
Multimedia Source #2
Martinez, Sylvia, et al. "The Influence Of Family Dynamics On Ethnic Identity Among Adult Latinas." Journal Of Adult Development 19.4 (2012): 190-200.Academic Search Premier. Web. 27 Feb. 2014.
GÁNDARA, PATRICIA. "Progress And Stagnation: 25 Years Of Hispanic Achievement." Diverse: Issues In Higher Education 26.9 (2009): 37-38.Academic Search Premier. Web. 27 Feb. 2014.
The article discusses disparities between male and female educational attainment in the Latino population. In the 1980s Latinas began to receive bachelor's degrees at a greater rate than Latinos. The article states that they did so by forgoing marriage and family. They also were more consistent than their male peers in their studies. In 2009 the personal sacrifices are not as evident, but the male-female disparity is. The author argues the need to understand and address this disparity. I expect this source to contribute to my research by giving the positive implementations this subject manner seems to neglect. This source will help show what is being done to retain Latinas in higher education.
This article examines how the development continues beyond young adult or college years. Research suggests that major life events experienced in adulthood could cause individuals to enter a period of identity reconstruction, yet little is known about this process. Because family and/or familism has been established as an important aspect of Latinos' identities and lived experiences, this study seeks to examine the dimensions around family dynamics and their potential influences on ethnic identity development processes among adult Latinas. Findings indicate that Latinas often make sense of their ethnic identity when major life events associated with family dynamics occur; such as marriage, childbearing, and negotiating relationships with family members as culture is being transmitted across several generations. These findings have implications for understanding adult education students as well as considering the influence of education on the family dynamics of Latinas. I expect this source to contribute to my project by developing my thesis in a sense that familism is a large reason why so few Latinas are pursuing higher education.
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