AuthorPerez Franco, Mayte C.
KeywordsEducation, Bilingual and Multicultural.
Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractHispanics are the largest and fastest growing minority group in the United States. Puerto Ricans are the second largest Hispanic group. As a result, research on Puerto Rican educational attainment has received increasing attention over the years. However, some areas of their educational experience remain virtually unexamined. This study explores Puerto Rican high school students' educational ideologies. It seeks to uncover students' attitudes and responses toward education as well as their postsecondary education attitudes, perceptions, and choices. It examines differences based on class, birthplace, and gender. This study finds that an education is perceived to be a necessity and believed to be the best route to gain a comfortable middle class lifestyle. It was found that a high school education was not enough to guarantee success and that a postsecondary education was critical to reach their personal and professional goals. Furthermore, differences in the utility of 4-year and 2-year colleges are discussed.
Degree ProgramGraduate College