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I ve learned so much from my mother: narratives from a group of Chicana high school students

Author: Marsiglia,-Flavio-Francisco; Holleran,-Lori
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Date 10/1/99
Type Journal
Journal Title: Social Work in Education
Volume/Pages v 2, no4, p. 220-37
Subject Matter Latino
Abstract Part of a special issue on gender. A study used student narratives to explore how Chicanas establish and maintain their identity. Participants were 21 Chicana students, aged 16-18 years, enrolled in three English classes. Results indicated that the Chicanas felt a sense of ethnic pride but felt that they were not accepted outside of the home and community; their limited Spanish got them into trouble at school and work but was not enough to be a true Mexican in the minds of friends and relatives; they repeatedly stressed their independence and self-reliance, but stories about their boyfriends revealed differences between what they said and what they did; the students mothers were seen as strong moral voices and as a source of family pride; the students generally thought that European-American teachers either were afraid of Chicanas and Chicanos or could not relate to them; and the aspirations of the students reflected their conviction that they needed to depend only on themselves. DE: Mexican-American-women; Sex-role; Mexican-Americans-Education; Attitudes-High-school-students