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McNair Scholar 2010María de Jesús Rios

María de Jesús Rios is a senior at the University of Minnesota, majoring in family social science. Her research interests include understanding the aspects of Latino youth in education. She plans on getting her M.S.W concentrating on family and children. Her overall goal is to work with students and families in an educational setting.

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My dream is to be the guide and the source for students of underrepresented backgrounds and to empower them to achieve higher education.

Research project

Parent Communications and its Association to Positive Latino Youth School Outcomes

Abstract: Previous research has focused on the deficits of Latino youth in school related topics. On the other hand, little research has been recorded on the positive assets that contribute to positive Latino youth school outcomes. By performing secondary data analyses of the Minnesota Student Survey 2007, relations between parent communication and school outcomes were assessed in the study. The survey consisted of 7,416 Latino youth around the state of Minnesota from grades 6, 9, 12. By performing various crosstabs, chi-square tests, and Cramer’s Phi, results demonstrated that there is a significant relation between parent communication and school outcomes. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Dr. Michael Rodriguez is currently the associate professor of quantitative methods in education in the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education Human Development at the University of Minnesota. He is also currently the program coordinator of Quantitative Methods in Education and Director of Office of Research Consultation and Services in the college. Rodriguez received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University concentrating in educational measurement and psychometrics. His research interests are improving achievement tests such as the GRE and finding a method to improve test questions. He is also interested in characteristics of Latino youth development.