Ganas: From the Individual to the Community, and the Potential for Improving College Going in the "Land That Texas Forgot"

Nolan L. Cabrera, Patricia D. López, Victor B. Sáenz

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Abstract

This study explores college-going ganas in the South Rio Grande Valley of Texas within the context of Frierian liberatory praxis. During focus groups, current and former high school students discussed their experiences developing ganas regarding college going and discussed how parental support was integral to ganas formation. The participants also identified structural barriers preventing ganas from becoming college going (e.g., teachers handcuffed by standardized testing). Students wanted to change these conditions, demonstrated the ability to organize, but had also been taught that they were incapable of creating social change. Implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-246
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Latinos and Education
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

Keywords

  • Latina/o students
  • border education
  • college access
  • ganas
  • higher education
  • rural education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education

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