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Critical Readings on Latinos and Education

1st Edition

Edited by Enrique G Murillo Jr


366 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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This critical anthology showcases an interdisciplinary forum of scholars sharing a common interest in the analysis, discussion, critique, and dissemination of educational issues impacting Latinos. Drawing on the best of the past 20 years of the Journal of Latinos and Education, the collection highlights work that has been seminal in addressing complex educational issues affecting and influencing the growing Latina and Latino population. Chapters discuss the production and application of wisdom and knowledge to real-world problems while engaging and collaborating with the interests of key stakeholders in other sectors outside the "traditional" academy. Organized thematically around issues related to policy, research, practice, and creative and literary works, the collection is sure to extend and encourage novel ways of thinking about the ongoing and emerging questions around the unifying thread of Latinos and education.


‘Carefully curated, timely and thorough, Critical Readings on Latinos is Education is an important contribution to our understandings of the complex and urgent issues facing Latinos and Education. The individual contributions, by leading scholars in their respective fields, make for a book every scholar of education, policy maker, student and, indeed every concerned citizen, should read with gusto and to much profit.’

Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco is the UCLA Wasserman Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. His books include Latinos: Remaking America and the forthcoming Humanitarianism and Mass Migration: Facing the world Crisis

‘In Critical Readings on Latinos and Education a collage of important contributions in theory, research and practice are made available by summarizing significant advances in a more informed understanding of U.S. Latino education reflecting how the knowledge base has evolved over the last two decades. This contribution is an important reference for all educators.’

—Eugene E. Garcia, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University

Table of Contents

Editor Biography

Credits Page


[Enrique G. Murillo, Jr.]


1. "Mexican Americans Don't Value Education!" On the Basis of the Myth, Mythmaking, and Debunking

[Richard R. Valencia]

2. Funds of Knowledge: An Approach to Studying Latina(o) Students' Transition to College

[Cecilia Rios-Aguilar & Judy Marquez Kiyama]

3. All for Our Children: Migrant Families and Parent Participation in an Alternative Education Program

[Pablo Jasis & Douglas Marriott]

4. Quantitative Intersectionality: A Critical Race Analysis of the Chicana/o Educational Pipeline

[Alejandro Covarrubias]

5. Challenges Facing Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the First Decade of the 21st Century

[Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. & Karina Michelle Cuamea]

6. Nuestro Camino: A Review of Literature Surrounding the Latino Teacher Pipeline

[Kelly M. Ocasio]


7. Francisco Maestas et al. v. George H. Shone et al.: Mexican American Resistance to School Segregation in the Hispano Homeland, 1912–1914

[Ruben Donato, Gonzalo Guzmán & Jarrod Hanson]

8. Latino English Language Learners: Bridging Achievement and Cultural Gaps Between Schools and Families

[Mary Ellen Good, Sophia Masewicz & Linda Vogel]

9. Understanding Latina/o School Pushout: Experiences of Students Who Left School Before Graduating

[Nora Luna & Anita Tijerina Revilla]

10. Compartiendo Nuestras Historias: Five Testimonios of Schooling and Survival

[Wanda Alarcón, Cindy Cruz, Linda Guardia Jackson, Linda Prieto & Sandra Rodriguez-Arroyo]

11. The Value of Education and Educación: Nurturing Mexican American Children’s Educational Aspirations to the Doctorate

[Michelle M. Espino]

12. Mapping and recontextualizing the evolution of the term Latinx: An environmental scanning in higher education

[Cristobal Salinas Jr. & Adele Lozano]

SECTION III: Solutions

13. Abuelita Epistemologies: Counteracting Subtractive Schools in American Education

[Sandra M. Gonzales]

14. Sustaining a Dual Language Immersion Program: Features of Success

[Iliana Alanís & Mariela A. Rodríguez]

15. Beginning With El Barrio: Learning From Exemplary Teachers of Latino Students

[Jason G. Irizarry & John Raible]

16. The Relationship Between a College Preparation Program and At-Risk Students' College Readiness

[Jennifer T. Cates & Scott E. Schaefle]

17. Latina/o Parent Organizing for Educational Justice: An Ethnographic Account of Community Building and Radical Healing

[Kysa Nygreen]

18. Dream Big: Exploring Empowering Processes of DREAM Act Advocacy in a Focal State

[Brad Forenza & Carolina Mendonca]

19. Multiple Ethnic, Racial, and Cultural Identities in Action: From Marginality to a New Cultural Capital in Modern Society

[Henry T . Trueba]


About the Editor

Enrique G. Murillo, Jr. is Professor of Education at California State University, San Bernardino. He is the founding Editor–in–Chief of the Journal of Latinos and Education (JLE), and of the Handbook of Latinos and Education (HLE). Additionally, he is the founder of the National Latino Education Network (NLEN), and Latino Education & Advocacy Days (LEAD), the objective of which is to promote a broad–based awareness of the crisis in Latino education and to enhance the intellectual, cultural, and personal development of our community's educators, administrators, leaders, and students.

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