How the use of memoirs and autobiographies impacts the self-efficacy of secondary Hispanic girls
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The research question addressed in the project is, in what ways would the use of memoirs and autobiographies impact the self-efficacy of secondary Hispanic girls? It developed from a desire to make stronger connections with female Hispanic students. The literature review showed an importance of providing positive role models, using stories that are self-enhancing in which the student is able to see herself, and creating an environment where the student feels valued, safe and heard. The study consisted of secondary Hispanic girls who met weekly in an after school book club. Each girl created an individual book of her family history, hopes, and dreams. Connecting with students and the use of multicultural materials showed a positive outcome. The project demonstrated an increase of self-efficacy in the Hispanic girls.