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Achieving Excellence: Latino Students Graduating From High School in North Carolina. Lisa Spees Dr. Krista Perreira UNC Chapel Hill Department of Public Policy Southern Sociological Society 2011. Southern Immigrant Academic Adaptation Study. Sample

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achieving excellence latino students graduating from high school in north carolina

Achieving Excellence: Latino Students Graduating From High School in North Carolina

Lisa Spees

Dr. Krista Perreira

UNC Chapel Hill Department of Public Policy

Southern Sociological Society 2011

southern immigrant academic adaptation study
Southern Immigrant Academic Adaptation Study
  • Sample
    • 219 North Carolina 12th grade students from the 2009-2010 school year
    • 3 urban schools and 5 rural schools
  • Data: Mixed Methods
    • 45-minute in school survey: immigration histories, SES, language use, family relationships, ethnic identification, educational attitudes, mental health, perceived discrimination, future plans
    • Supplementary take home survey: SES, language use
    • Daily diary checklist: Daily events, stressors, mental health, activities
    • Qualitative interviews of 24 youth and caregivers
overview of study participants
Overview of Study Participants
  • Student Characteristics
    • 51% foreign born ; 49% from Mexico; 75% arrived before 13 years old
    • 51% U.S. born; 10% third generation
  • Family Characteristics
    • 52% 2-parent household; avg. HH size=3
    • 55% at least one parent has a HS degree
    • 47% both parents employed
  • Language Characteristics
    • 26% English is primary home language
    • 75% English is spoken in the home
conclusions
Conclusions
  • Foreign and native born students have high academic aspirations
  • Multiple challenges to academic success
    • School belonging, economic hardships, perceived discrimination
  • Multiple support systems to minimize stressors
    • Personal Health, family support, teacher support
conclusions teacher support
Conclusions: Teacher Support
  • Quote 1
    • I: Are there a few teachers who have been really supportive of you?
    • R: There is a couple. Like my art teacher. She’s helped me a lot through the years, and she’s helped me out with a lot of projects. Not just my senior project. She’s also - I’ve talked to her about colleges to look into and stuff, so she’s also giving me advice. She’s helping me out a lot.
  • Quote 2
    • R: My counselor, she’s the same counselor my brother had, Ms. [X], she like helped my brother out when we had problems same with me. She’s really supportive. I think she’s a really good counselor. Actually, she’s really helpful. She helped me with college.
additional information
Additional Information
  • SIAA Website
    • http://www.cpc.unc.edu/projects/siaa