Ending up Ahead - The Case Study of a Highly Able Hispanic Student
"This case study focuses on Juan, a highly-able Hispanic student. At the time of the study, Juan had lived for approximately fourteen months in the United States, and was enrolled in ninth grade at the public high school of a small town in Virginia. Previously, Juan had lived with his three siblings in Mexico, while his father and at times, his mother labored as a migrant worker in the United States. In Mexico, Juan had distinguished himself as a high achiever, receiving diplomas of merit for being the top student in his grade. Since his arrival in the United States, he has received several awards for his accomplishments. Juan's academic strengths seem to lie in the areas of math and art, although his teachers have been amazed with his facility for acquiring the English language. While Juan seems to have displayed a strong resiliency in the academic arena, his social dimension appears to be vulnerable. He gives indication of cultural isolation and estrangement. Other important themes in his life include the centrality of family, a zest for learning, respect for social order, and a strong desire for upward social mobility. Projecting towards the future, the dominant motif seems to be a desire to continue his studies, obtain a career, and 'end up ahead.' These sentiments are echoed by his parents and teachers, who believe that Juan will continue to strive and that he will succeed."
John Wesley Taylor V
INFO Vol 03 No 2 (2000)
Internet Resources; Serial Publications
Grade 9-Grade 12