ERIC Number: ED448218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Dropout Prevention Strategies for Hispanic Students.
This paper examines methods that can help prevent a rise in the dropout rate of Hispanic students in the United States, focusing on five principles that form the basis for research by the Center for Research on Education, Diversity, and Excellence. The first principle states that learning should be facilitated through joint productive activity among teachers and students. The second principle highlights the importance of developing students' competence in the language and literacy of instruction throughout all instructional activities. The third principle is to contextualize teaching and curriculum in the experiences and skills of the home and community, making it relevant to students and their life experiences. The fourth principle is to challenge students toward cognitive complexity, encouraging them to reach within their zones of proximal development so they may perform with teacher guidance. The fifth principle is to engage students through dialogue, particularly in the instructional conversation. Beyond the five principles, there are other things that schools and educators can do to support at-risk Hispanic students, including: monitoring their performance; providing curricular congruence; rechanneling gang members' interests and leadership skills; and avoiding the cultural deprivation model or deficit view of at-risk Hispanic students. (Contains 29 references.) (SM)
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