A Case Study of Four Hispanic High School Drop Outs
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This study investigated and identified in concrete terms, the specific factors for the high drop out rate of Hispanic students in a high school located in southeast Wisconsin. A total of four Hispanic students from ages 18 to 22, who had dropped out of a high school in southeast Wisconsin between 1999-2002, were the subjects of this study. Responses were collected through a set of open-ended questions, during face-to-face interviews. During the three months of the initial and follow-up interviews, the responses were tape-recorded on a micro-cassette recorder. These responses indicated that the following areas influenced the Hispanic students' decision to drop out of high school: language and communication, cultural and family factors, concerns with the educational system and socio-economic issues. In addition, the results also concluded that there were additional factors that related to the areas indicated in Chapter II, The Review of Related Literature, however were not mentioned. These additional factors included peer pressure by other Hispanic students in school, stereo-typical beliefs by a father of a subject ofhow he perceives his child, prejudice of the parents of a subject towards other races, and educational repercussions felt by one subject whose family had to frequently relocate, due to the lack of job opportunities for illegal immigrants, like his father.
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