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Sueños, Corazón y Posibilidades: Negotiations and the Realm of Possibility for Latina/o Student and Parent College-Going

  • Author(s): Alvarez, Cynthia Lua
  • Advisor(s): McDonough, Patricia M
  • et al.
Abstract

This study explores the family unit as a crucial aspect of Latina/o college-going – an aspect far more important than previously asserted through research – as well as the emotions, expectations, negotiations made as the realm of possibility changes. Through the narratives told of each family, we see the negotiation of various events, and weaved through all are the complex emotions and perceptions caused by the context and process themselves. This study adds to the growing number of studies focusing on Latina/o college-going that use familial capital and other forms of knowing by discussing this process as one in which the family expectations and perceptions are incorporated. Given the need for a re-conceptualization of Latina/o college- going and the methodological gap in research design, this phenomenological study contributes to the field by asking direct questions regarding the experience of the family unit through the college-going process. As scholars, thinkers, and individuals charged with the responsibility to develop a full understanding of phenomenon, we owe it to our communities to thoroughly investigate the CGP and create pathways through which to increase college-going.

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