Latino students in the United States face significant challenges including very high student dropout rates and difficulties finding support for student academic success. This research focuses on Latino students who are successful despite these many challenges and explores how these successful students describe their experiences in school. Three successful Latino high school students describe their pathways toward academic achievement in this ethnography, which takes a narrative approach. The student stories illustrate the influence of families, peers, schools, and the interplay between ethnic and academic identity as relevant to how students achieve success. Although these students articulate very different experiences, supports and challenges, all of the students are successful in school, which encourages a reexamination of the ways schools and communities can support minority student success.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Teacher Education
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Litster, Carol Ann, "Stories of Success: Three Latino Students Talk About School" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 3514.
Latino students, academic success, ethnic identity, academic identity