Graduate Program

Elementary Education

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Sham'ah Md-Yunus


This qualitative study examines ethnic identity development of 1.5 generation Filipino American immigrants in U.S. The survey methods used in the study were a demographic questionnaire, and semi-structured interview. Two Filipino students, one from the Southwest and the other from the Midwest regions of the U.S. participated in the study. Two research questions guided this study; what factors influence the ethnic identity development of the 1.5 generation Filipino American immigrants, and what strategies educators can use to facilitate 1.5 generation Filipino American immigrant student success. The results of the study revealed six themes. Three themes emerged from research question one as factors influencing ethnic identity development; age, schooling, and family. Three themes emerged from research question two around educator strategies and student success; instructional, administration, and family. The findings reported that parents and families' cultural values and practice play an important role in the ethnic development of 1.5 Generation Filipino American immigrants. In addition, teachers and administrators should be knowledgeable about diversity, multicultural education, and culturally sensitive teaching. Participants' suggestions are also presented to provide educators ways to enhance instructional practices, promote cultural competency, and enhance psychosocial development for both teachers and administrators to facilitate 1.5 generation Filipino American immigrant ethnic identity development and student success.