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Spanish LegaciesThe Coming of Age of the Second Generation$
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Alejandro Portes, Rosa Aparicio, and Williiam Haller

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286290

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286290.001.0001

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The Educational Goals and Achievements of the Second Generation

The Educational Goals and Achievements of the Second Generation

(p.139) Seven The Educational Goals and Achievements of the Second Generation
Spanish Legacies

Alejandro Portes

Rosa Aparicio

William Haller

University of California Press

This chapter examines educational attainment is our sample of second-generation youths, comparing it to native-parentage students and, subsequently, to results among children of immigrants in the United States, based on CILS data. Staying in school, type of school attended, and average grades are the objective indicators examined. To these, we add educational ambition and attitudes toward the schools attended. Multivariate analysis highlights the role of family status and parental expectations in increasing both educational ambition and academic attainment among second-generation youths. The chapter closes with two structural models graphically summarizing the educational attainment process among children of immigrants in Spain.

Keywords:   native-parentage, children of immigrants, educational ambition, academic attainment

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