Title

A Qualitative Study Examining Mexican Heritage Students’ Motivation to Succeed in Higher Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Abstract

The disparity between the educational attainment of Mexican heritage and White individuals illustrate a need for research on factors associated with the high educational attainment of some immigrant and first-generation students of Mexican descent. Using autobiographies, student interviews, and family interviews as data sources, this article explores one prominent theme that emerged: Students’ desire to honor parental struggle and sacrifice with academic achievement—Ganas. The implications and recommendations for further research are discussed.