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Educating Latino Boys
An Asset-Based Approach

First Edition
  • David Campos - University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas


December 2012 | 272 pages | Corwin
Promote achievement for Latino boys!

Largely misunderstood and often underserved, Latino boys miss key academic opportunities that prevent them from high achievement and success in school and beyond. Educator David Campos, a champion of higher education for Latino boys, provides proven strategies to promote success for Latino boys. Educating Latino Boys demonstrates how to:

Enhance engagement and achievement by addressing Latino boys' needs

Explore personal and school-wide beliefs to better understand how to serve this population

Develop effective strategies for motivating Latino boys to pursue higher education

Address challenges that Latino boys face in the home and at school


 
A Few Words Before Starting
 
Part I. Framing the Scope and Purpose of the Book
 
1. Introduction
Examining the Education of Latino Boys Is Important

 
Latino Boys Have Assets

 
Why Latino Is Used Rather Than Hispanic

 
Summary

 
 
2. Cultural Conflict Between Latino Boys and School
Unfavorable Perceptions of Latino Boys

 
How Schools Fail to Meet Latino Boys' Needs

 
Boy Behaviors That Do Not Fit With Schools' Expectations

 
Summary

 
 
"What Can I Do Next?" Implications for the Classroom
 
Part II. Circumstances of Contemporary Latino Boys
 
3. Data Trends Associated With Latino Boys
Demographic Trends Among Latinos in the United States

 
The Academic Achievement of Latino Students

 
The Significance of Teacher Quality

 
Summary

 
 
4. The Cultural Background of Latino Boys
The Heterogeneity of the Latino Culture

 
Common Latino Cultural Values

 
Summary

 
 
"What Can I Do Next?" Implications for the Classroom
 
Part III. Social Forces That Affect Latino Boys' School Performance
 
5. The Differing Kinds of Capital in the Lives of Latino Boys
The Challenges of Poverty

 
Physical Capital

 
Human Capital

 
Cultural Capital

 
Social Capital

 
Summary

 
 
6. The Balancing Act That Latino Boys Perform
The Challenge of Acculturating

 
The Worry Over Immigration

 
The Stress of Learning English

 
Summary

 
 
"What Can I Do Next?" Implications for the Classroom
 
Part IV. Teachers and Schools Can Enhance Latino Boys' Success
 
7. Enhancing Latino Boys' Success at School
Instructional Practices in the Classroom

 
Fostering a Positive Sense of School Attachment

 
Summary

 
 
8. Programs for Latino Boys
A Few Words About Program Effectiveness

 
Programs Designed to Help Latino Youth

 
Advocacy Organizations That Work to Empower Latinos

 
Summary

 
 
"What Can I Do Next?" Implications for the Classroom
 
Final Thoughts
 
References
 
About the Author
 
Acknowledgments
 
Index

" David Campos has written a book that will be extremely useful for teachers, educational leaders in general, and school administrators in particular. His careful description of the cultural context of Latino boys is groundbreaking and should awaken all of us. He makes a persuasive case for the need to examine the lived experience of Latino boys and the implications for policy and practice. His many examples are powerful, imaginative, and supported by data. The book is engaging, fascinating, and a solid addition to the literature on the culturally relevant curriculum. I will definitely use this book in my classes to illustrate this topic."

Valerie J. Janesick, Professor
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

"With passionate concern and a probing insight drawn from experiences as both learner and educator, David Campos deconstructs the complex factors affecting the academic success of Latino boys in our schools today and compels us to embrace the need for change. This book is a must-read for all classroom educators who genuinely want to find solutions to the crippling effects of the achievement gap on the fastest growing subpopulation in our country."

Kathleen Palmer Cleveland, Author of Teaching Boys Who Struggle in School

"Campos (Univ. of the Incarnate Word) begins his book with the statement that 'Latino boys are often appraised from a deficit perspective because school leaders and teachers appraise students of color using the middle-class, dominant-culture frame of reference.' That is, Latino boys fall short because that standards to which they are held are inappropriate to them. To assauge educators, Campos notes, 'I don't think that school professionals are aware that they are appraising Latino boys in such a fashion.' The irony is that in the pronouncement of an educatior bias, the author does not recognize his own. His evidence is largely anecdotal, and when hard data are introduced (chapter 3, for example), the explanations are made to fit the thesis. The book's importance turns on the degree to which education should be adjusted for ethnic group difference. For those believing that education 'wrong-foots' Latino males by failing to recognize their strengths, the author  provides confirmation. To those less sure that achievement differences refelct the vagaries of educator appraisal, the book will be less important."

CHOICE
Key features
(1) A comprehesive, practitioner-focused guide to promoting student engagement and academic achievement of Latino boys.

(2) Enhances teacher and school leader awareness of the cultural, sociopolitical, and psychological contexts of this heterogenous, rapidly-growing demographic group.

(3) Proposes concrete classroom, schoolwide, and programmatic strategies to enhance student engagement and achievement.

(4) Includes a series of powerful vignettes profiling the lives and experiences of Latino boys in our nation's schools.

(5) Includes reflective prompts (Making Connections) for use by teams and individuals to explore their personal beliefs as well as classroom and schoolwide policies and practices.

Sample Materials & Chapters

A Few Words Before Starting

Chapter 1: Introduction


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