College aspirations and limitations: The role of educational ideologies and funds of knowledge in Mexican American families

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Abstract

Using a qualitative multiple-case-study design, this study explored how funds of knowledge in Mexican American families contributed to the development of educational ideologies. Findings illustrated the following ways in which families are involved in their children's education: the formation of both helpful and limiting educational ideologies, which highlighted beliefs regarding college-going processes; college information drawn from social networks and academic symbols found in families' everyday lives; and the development of college-going realities. Unique to this study is the extension of funds of knowledge beyond traditional K-12 discussions and the incorporation of outreach literature into this framework when studying issues of college access.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)330-356
Number of pages27
JournalAmerican Educational Research Journal
Volume47
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • College access
  • College aspirations
  • Funds of knowledge
  • Mexican American families
  • Parent involvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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