Exploring Factors that Motivate Migrant GED Graduates to Pursue and Persist in Postsecondary Education




Castillo, Susie Mendez

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This exploratory case study investigated the factors that motivate migrant students who graduate from the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) in the lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas with a General Educational Development (GED) certificate to move on to postsecondary education. The results of the study indicate that the most salient motivating factor for enrollment and persistence was self-efficacy. Other motivational factors include the support received from family and teachers. Other findings indicate that the migrant lifestyle both hindered and encouraged matriculation. Additional findings detail a predisposition for choosing a career in the medical field due, in part to the shortage of medical personnel and the growing number of health facilities in South Texas.



children of migrant laborers, self-efficacy, postsecondary education, education, Texas case studies


Castillo, S. M. (2006). Exploring factors that motivate migrant GED graduates to pursue and persist in postsecondary education (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.


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