Title

The role of race, ethnicity, and gender on Latina/o educational attainment

Date of Award

2010

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Cultural Foundations of Education

Advisor(s)

Vincent Tinto

Keywords

Educational sociology, Multicultural Education, Ethnic studies, Hispanic American studies

Subject Categories

Education

Abstract

The relationship between ethnicity, race, and gender and the educational attainment of Latina/o students in the United States is investigated using data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88). The analysis indicates that ethnicity plays a role in on-time high school graduation and entrance to a four-year college. In addition, the results show that race and gender patterns of attainment operate differently across Latina/o ethnic groups. The findings also illustrate how several social factors (i.e., advanced placement course participation, student aspirations) improve Latina/o student educational attainment and, in some instances, even reduce or eliminate ethnicity, race, and gender gaps in attainment.

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