Cultural code-Switching and Chicana/O post-secondary student persistence: A hermeneutic phenomenological analysis

Velia Rincón, Leah Hollis

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This hermeneutic phenomenological study investigated the lived experiences of 12 Chicana/o students who completed a baccalaureate degree at a majority school. The strategies and experiences that Chicana/os used in persisting through a majority college environment were examined. Theoretically, cultural code-switching is considered as a strategy that Chicana/os can use to maintain cultural pride to resist mental colonization. To this purpose, the study analyzed the participants’ code-switching as a strategy to persist through the educational environment. Four themes emerged: (1) family support; (2) sense of belonging; (3) belief in a better quality of life and family values; and (4) code-switching behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-245
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Latinos and Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education

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