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the study, to ascertain pathways of success for Latino students rather than to quantify success
among Latino students, allows for the generation of data that may lead to further study. The
findings indicate a beginning point from which subsequent studies at other health science centers
The use of life history research methodology and in-depth interviewing to gather
information about the pathways that Latino students take to higher education success at a health
science center means that certain assumptions must be made. One assumption is related to the
technique of interviewing in that the researcher must assume that subjects are recalling events
correctly. The use of the life history approach also assumes that subjects are reflecting on their
life experiences thus far and giving appropriate weight to each experience. Another assumption
is that all Latino students have self-identified upon entrance to the health science center.
According to Gall, Gall, and Borg (2003), the purpose of educational research is to gain
new knowledge about teaching, learning, and educational administration to improve educational
practice. This study attempted to explain the pathways that Latino students take to educational
success at a health science center. In explaining the pathways that specific students at a health
science center take to reach educational success [graduation], administrators can focus on the
similarities of the pathways and seek to improve the success rate for Latino students at a health
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