Understanding Latino Students’ Perceptions of Education
The increase in Latino students in public schools and in institutions of higher education has prompted many educators to plan and implement strategies that guarantee students’ success. Educators and administrators understand that in order for Latino students to achieve at the same rate that other students, educational strategies are necessary. Many of those strategies tend to focus in supporting cognitive development, specifically language skills (Nordmeyer, 2008; Pawan, & Thomalla 2007; Short, & Fitzsimmons, 2007.) In addition, researches have addressed the need for interventions to be based on the beliefs, culture, and social pattern of interactions of this population. Strategies that are culturally responsive are more effective in retaining students in schools (Valdés, 1996; Levine; Irizarry; & Bunch, 2008; Klingner, & Edwards, 2006.) This study builds on prior research and focuses on how Latino students perceive education and educational achievement. Findings and practical implementations of these findings are discussed.
Keywords: Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Dr. Anarella Cellitti
Associate Professor, Teacher Education, University of Arkansas