Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction (PhD)

Degree Level



Curriculum and Instruction


Janet Penner Williams

Committee Member

Jason Endacott

Second Committee Member

Diana Gonzales Worthen

Third Committee Member

Marcia Imbeau


Agriculture, English as Second Language, Immigrants, Latinx, Latinx Immigrants, Rural Education


The purpose of this phenomenological qualitative study was to capture and gain an understanding of Latinx immigrants’ lived experiences during their transitions from their native countries to rural Arkansas. Using purposeful criterion-based sampling, the population of interest was five Latinx immigrant students and families who migrated from their native countries to the state of Arkansas. The analytic strategy included a single-case model of each family’s transcription, two-case model, cluster analysis to identify likeness, document portrait, and subtheme development. The structural descriptions that formed the essence of the experience resulted in three themes: education, migration, and emotional experiences. The three overall themes embraced the importance and provided dimension to the Latinx immigrant experience, as rural districts, teachers, and communities can learn how to better support Latinx immigrant families’ overall needs.