ERIC Number: EJ1237258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Deferred Enrollment: Chicano/Latino Males, Social Mobility and Military Enlistment
Martinez, Eligio; Huerta, Adrian H.
Education and Urban Society, v52 n1 p117-142 Jan 2020
Chicanos/Latinos comprise the largest racial and ethnic population in the U.S. public K-12 schools, yet hold some of the largest rates of academic underperformance in high school and college completion. This study aims at understanding the academic trajectories of five Chicano/Latino males and their decision to enlist in the military after high school graduation. Using in-depth semistructured interviews, participants discussed the role that high school structures, family, social capital, and sociocultural forces played in their career decision-making process. Results showed that students viewed the military as a way of upward social mobility and their most viable career option after completing high school. The study also highlights the lack of resources available to students who may not be viewed as college material by school personnel.
Descriptors: Social Mobility, Hispanic American Students, Underachievement, Decision Making, Armed Forces, High School Graduates, Sociocultural Patterns, Military Service, Career Choice, Educational Resources, College Attendance, Males, Access to Education, School Culture, Elementary Secondary Education, Track System (Education), Social Capital, Educational Experience, Peer Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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