Understanding Latino Students’ Perceptions of Education

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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
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Anarella Cellitti

Associate Professor, Teacher Education, University of Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Dr. Anarella Cellitti is an Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Dr. Cellitti holds a Ph.D. and M.Ed in early childhood education from the University of South Carolina, a M.A from the University of Houston-Victoria in psychology, and a B.A. in secondary education from Instituto Pedagógico de Caracas. She has served on the Diversity and Linguistic Committees of the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and on the Diversity Committee of The Texas Association for the Education of Young Children. Currently she is a Diversity Committee member of the Association for Childhood Education International(ACEI.) She has multiple presentations in the US, Europe, and Latin American relating to providing services and educating immigrant and refugees children.

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