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Critically Researching Youth


Edited By Shirley R. Steinberg and Awad Ibrahim

Critically Researching Youth addresses the unique possibilities and contexts involved in deepening a discourse around youth. Authors address both social theoretical and methodological approaches as they delve into a contemporary discipline, which supports research with – not on – young adults. This volume is a refreshing change in the literature on qualitative youth, embodying the understanding of what it means to be a young woman or man. It dismisses any consideration to pathologize youth, instead addressing what society can understand and how we can act in order to support and promote them.


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Part IV: Researching Youth and Place


part iv researching youth and place · 1 0 · hispanic youth leadership in texas Creating a Mexican American College-Going Culture in West Texas Mary Frances Agnello Creating a college-going cultural movement of Mexican Americans has taken many years. Given that Mexican Americans gained the right to attend school with white Texans during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, remark- able changes have occurred in 50 years. Despite the gains in Civil Rights, however, rates of Hispanic high school and undergraduate degree completion are low in Texas and throughout the U.S. Despite progress made in these areas through the Generation Texas, P-20 Councils all over the state, and local efforts to increase Hispanic, especially male, graduation rates, the statistics show little gain. Yet, progress has been made in local areas, with initiatives from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, diversity-focused hires in upper university and public school administration, and through leadership assumed by Hispanic and Mexican American students as they find their voices in and through education. At Texas Tech University, Hispanic student groups on campus have formed six Hispanic fraternities and sororities, as well as 12 Hispanic Reg- istered Student Organizations (RSOs). These groups plan and implement cultural programming, including talks, panel discussions, film viewing, and others to promote Hispanic culture on campus. University administration and RSOs have created scholarships, outreach, Red Raider Guarantee, and merit 182 mary frances agnello awards targeted at high-achieving Latinos in Honors classes both at the sec- ondary and college level. Fundraisers, T-shirts that announce...

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