The U.S Latino is ranked as the fastest-growing minority population based on the 2011 U.S. Census (Vasquez-Salgado & Chavira, 2014). This implies that soon, the labor force will be highly flooded with Latinos. However, illiteracy levels among Latinos can highly affect the future workforce. Additionally, the research indicates that girls perform better than men. This is supported by the bible, whereby Paul encourages women to work at home (Titus 2:5 New Revised Standard Version). This may be a result of women’s determination and ability to grasp knowledge faster than men.
The Hypothesis of the Study
The study had three main questions that were supposed to be answered. As a result, the hypothesis was derived from the research questions. The first question was based on the academic achievement trajectories of the Latinos. Regarding this question, it was hypothesized that “that Latino youth would decline in academic achievement on transitioning into high school” (Vasquez-Salgado & Chavira, 2014). on the second question, it was hypothesized that Latino youth would decline in academic achievement transitioning into high school. However, the third question was never hypothesized because of the inconsistencies in the previous studies.
The Participants, Methods Used, and Limitations of the Study
The precipitants involved in the study were mainly drawn from the Latino ethnic community (92 Latinos) (Vasquez-Salgado & Chavira, 2014). Additionally, they were all students enrolled in a local school, and they originated from the same neighborhood. The survey method was deployed to collect the data after obtaining the consent of both the student and the parents. The survey papers were collected from a central point within the school compound. Regarding limitations, participants involved belonged to the grade 10, instead of the 8 and 9 grade, a group highly affected with transitions. The second limitation was the inclusion of Latino boys who were still schooling, which hindered the study from obtaining the information from school-aged students who were not in school. The study was based on all courses to determine the performance of transitioning students instead of using the course subjects such as Math. Moreover, the use of three models in the research presented an avenue for conflicting answers.
Conclusion of the Study and View
Transitioning students can experience challenges in their new education system and thus can affect their performance. However, after adapting to the new environment, their performance remains the same. As a result, the topic was well researched as it also provides an insight into some of the reasons why girls are more capable of performing well than boys. Additionally, regarding the future labor force, a lot of research should be conducted regarding the same to prevent future labor force crises.
New Revised Standard Version. (2021). Bible Society of UK. Web.
Vasquez-Salgado, Y., & Chavira, G. (2014). The transition from middle school to high school as A developmental process among Latino youth. Hispanic Journal of Behavioural Sciences, 36(1), 79-94. Web.