ERIC Number: ED447730
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Examining Latino Paraeducators' Interactions with Latino Students. ERIC Digest.
Center for Research on Education, Diversity and Excellence, Santa Cruz, CA.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.
This digest discusses a study that examined the impact of sociocultural factors on the interactions between Latino language minority students and Latino paraeducators and the relationships that result from these interactions. The study explored whether a knowledge of students' culture and communities, primary language, and interaction styles helps paraeducators and their cooperating teachers meet the students' academic and social needs. The study took place in two large, inner-city public elementary schools in Southern California that serve low-income Latino language minority children. Paraeducators were the subject of the study, because they often live in the communities in which they work and likely share a knowledge of the students' culture. The premise of the study was that these paraeducators would prove to be important resources for tapping into students' prior knowledge and for providing cultural scaffolding. Participants were 32 Latino paraeducators, 8 of whom had recently become teachers. Each participant was interviewed individually and was observed working with students in the classroom. The paraeducators also engaged in informal conversations with study researchers. Topics explored included teacher beliefs, school roles, the role of culture and language in learning, and student-teacher relationships. Findings and implications are discussed. (VWL)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Influences, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Hispanic Americans, Interaction Process Analysis, Paraprofessional Personnel, Second Language Learning, Social Influences, Spanish Speaking, Teacher Aides, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship
ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, 4646 40th Street NW, Washington, DC 20016. For full text: http://www.cal.org/ericcll/DIGEST.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on Education, Diversity and Excellence, Santa Cruz, CA.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.