A Mixed Method Study of Rural Iowa Latino High School Students to Determine Barriers to Access

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ProQuest, 2007 - 296 pages
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The researcher employed a hypothetical logic model based on the college choice literature. The hypothesized model was used to examine how selected variables: background (mothers' educational attainment, residency, parents' view of education), educational environment (rigorous curriculum, gpa, students' perceptions of high school environment, engagement), and perceived barriers (work, financial aid information) affect students' college aspirations and enrollments, in particular, if there is a difference between Whites and Latinos. Descriptive statistics, logistic regression, and narrative inquiry were used to analyze the data.
  

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Contents

LITERATURE REVIEW
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1 Iowa minority postsecondary enrollment in 2003
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METHODOLOGY
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1 Sequential mixed method explanatory design
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1 Independent variables
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3 Logic model for college aspiration
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QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH FINDINGS
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1 Demographics and frequencies of Iowatown high school graduates
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6 Frequencies of Iowatown graduates for ChallengesBarriers by race
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12 Predictors of Iowatown graduates Aspirations to Attend College
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13 Frequencies of Whites and Latinos by Enrollment Status
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QUALITATIVE RESEARCH FINDINGS
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SUMMARY CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
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APPENDIX B CORRESPONDENCE
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APPENDIX E DEFINITIONS OF THE VARIABLES
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3 Frequencies of Iowatown graduates for Academic Achievement
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