A Critical Reader
Edited By Yolanda Medina and Ángeles Donoso Macaya
This book is an indispensable resource for scholars, researchers, educators, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as any individual, group, or organization interested in issues that affect Latinas/os in the United States in current times.
The Family in the Classroom: How a Culturally Valid Learning Community Transforms the Identity of Latina/o College Students
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The Family in the Classroom
How a Culturally Valid Learning Community Transforms the Identity of Latina/o College Students
Latina/o students from a wide variety of backgrounds make up a large percentage of those attending community colleges in the northeast United States. The students who attend my classes are hoping to someday become teachers—in many cases with the goal of reaching students much like themselves, with varied ties to countries abroad, varied English proficiency, and generally from families of limited economic means. These students are often highly motivated to achieve, yet at the same time unsure of whether this is possible. To understand this uncertainty, it is important to take a closer look at the sociocultural context surrounding these students than has been done in prior reports of low achievement among Latina/o college students.
From the sociocultural perspective, learning is embedded in everyday practices that involve educating the novice in the socially valued knowledge of his or her particular society (Lave & Wenger, 1991; Rogoff, 2003). The community within which learning takes place must therefore be experienced as personal, a group to which novices are authentically interested in belonging. Cultural Historically Activity Theory (CHAT) considers psychological development to be specific to both the cultural and historical context of individuals or groups. Socially meaningful activity among members of a particular society is the means by which their development occurs. This activity, by creating...
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