Working-Class Parental Involvement in the Education of Latino Students

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The purpose of this qualitative study is to understand working-class parental involvement in the education of Latino secondary students in the U.S. Literature indicates that most Latino parents want their children to enroll in a higher education institution. However, statistics and research show that enrollment rates to a higher educational institution are below average among Latino students. While many factors contribute to Latino students’ success, I considered the level and areas of parental involvement as the main factor in this study. The study focuses on language barriers, cultural differences, socioeconomics, parents’ preparation and understanding of the school system, and family issues among Latino parents. To examine these elements, six Latino parent couples were interviewed. The results of the analysis deepened the understanding of what it means for Latino parents to be involved in the education of their children. The six narratives offered insight into how Latino families connect, develop relationships, communicate, motivate, and perceived parental involvement in their children’s education. Ultimately, this research found that Latino parents felt involved in their children’s education despite the barriers. Although not involved in a traditional way, Latino parents expressed feeling a sense of responsibility to being involved in their children’s education.

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