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the events most important to them, I used a set of preliminary questions and guiding topics to
direct each interview.
Because I chose the Cole and Knowles (2001) framework for life history research, each
participant was asked to help compose the interview questions. Four categories, tentatively
termed influences, were covered in the in-depth interviews. I derived these influences from
previous studies and research (Adelman, 1999; Allen, 1999; Attiyeh, 1999; Cardoza, 1991;
Carnevale & Rose, 2003; Cuidraz & Pierce, 1994; Daniel, 1997; Enright & Gitomer, 1989;
Flores, 1992; Gandara, 1982; Haro et al., 1994; Hernandez, 2000; Hurtado, 1992 & 1994;
Hurtado et al., 1992; Justiz, 1995; Landry, 2002-2003; Loo & Rolison, 1986; Morales, 2000;
Nettles, 1990; Nora, 1990; Nora and Cabrera, 1996; O'Brien & Zudak, 1998; Pace, 1980;
"Revelations and Recommendations," 2001; Rinn, 1995; Smedley et al., 1993; Solberg, 1993;
Tinto, 1993; Tornatzky et al., 2002) as preliminary influences on the academic success of Latino
students. The four influences are 1) family background, 2) cultural background, 3) educational
background, and 4) personal perceptions and goals. These four influences were used to set a
framework for discussion during each interview.
After each participant agreed to participate in the project, I began setting up interviews.
During the first interview session, each participant was given a copy of the informed consent
form to sign, and I explained the interview process and purpose of the study. I provided each
participant with a copy of the signed informed consent form during the second interview session.
All interviews with each participant were conducted face-to-face and audiotape recorded when
During the first interview, each participant was asked to choose the influence that he or
she thought had been most influential. After the participant chose what he or she determined was
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