Ganas: A Qualitative Study Examining Mexican Heritage Students’ Motivation to Succeed in Higher Education
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.
Easley, Nate Jr.; Bianco, Margarita; and Leech, Nancy, "Ganas: A Qualitative Study Examining Mexican Heritage Students’ Motivation to Succeed in Higher Education" (2012). Special Education Faculty Publications. 22.