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Creating Alternative Discourses in the Education of Latinos and Latinas

A Reader


Raul E. Ybarra and Nancy López

While Latinos and Latinas are the youngest and largest U.S. minority group, they continue to be among the poorest and least educated. A major contribution of Creating Alternative Discourses in the Education of Latinos and Latinas is that it provides scholars, teachers, and practitioners with counter-hegemonic theories, methods, and pedagogies that challenge the mainstream assumptions about the education of this group. Drawing on rich ethnographic portrayals including life history interviews, focus groups, and participant observation, this interdisciplinary volume bridges diverse bodies of literature in an attempt to bring about changes in the education of Latinos and Latinas.
Contents: Raul E. Ybarra: Creating Alternative Discourses in the Education of Latinos and Latinas: Introduction – Ramona Hernández/Glenn Jacobs: The Drift of Latino Students Through Public Higher Education: Testimonies on Slipping Through the Cracks of the Iron Cage – Nancy López: Rewriting Race and Gender High School Lessons: Second-Generation Dominicans in New York City – Steve Fernandez: Jim Crow: A Phoenix Rising in Boston - The Trend Toward Separate and Unequal in the Boston Public Schools – Raul E. Ybarra: Writing as a Hostile Act: A Reason for Latino Students’ Resistance to Learning – Roberto A. Ibarra: Academic Success and the Latino Family – Lorna Rivera: Literacy for Change: Latina Adult Learners and Popular Education – Gabriella C. Gonzalez: The Effects of Family Background, Immigration Status, and Social Context on Latino Children’s Educational Attainment – Rosita M. A. Ramírez: Latino Parents Put Into Words: Immigrant Parents Share Their Beliefs on Education Through an After School Parents, Children, and Computers Project – Nancy López: Latina and Latino Education: Rearticulating Discourses, Pedagogies, and Praxis.