SURF

Roxana Sandoval

Educational Attitudes across Borders: Mexican Mothers' Views on Education in Mexico and the United States

Mexican students have lower levels of educational attainment when compared to other groups. Parental involvement is essential for the success of students, thus it is important to understand how Mexican mothers in Oakland, California perceive the educations system and the obstacles they face. In addition, analyzing how mothers in Atotonilco el Alto, Jalisco, Mexico understand and navigate the educational system can illuminate the experiences Mexican mothers have in their home country. Through my comparative study, an understanding of how Mexican mothers view the educational system in the US can be gained.

Message to Sponsor

This summer I will be interviewing mothers and gathering bibliographic sources in Atotonilco El Alto, Jalisco, Mexico. I am extremely happy that I have been given the opportunity to conduct research this summer without schoolwork-related stress. I am grateful to have received the SURF grant and to have the support from my faculty mentor. Lastly, I am excited about spending my summer doing research in my hometown in the company of my extended family, who I have not seen in almost 5 years.
  • Major: Ethnic Studies
  • Mentor: Margaret Chowning, History