PA007: Who Really Cares: Perceptions of Support among Urban Youth

Friday, February 21, 2014 9:00 AM–9:50 AM


The purpose of this qualitative investigation was to explore the educational experiences and social relationships of twenty African American, Latino, and Biracial/Multiracial urban youth. The findings indicated that meaningful relationships with school personnel and family, and high aspirations influenced attitudes towards learning and achievement, whereas inequitable school policies, lack of safety, and negative relationships with teachers contributed to poor school experiences. Implications for educators and parents will be discussed.


Desiree Vega, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX