ERIC Number: ED452512
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May-18
Reference Count: N/A
Constructing Achievement Orientations toward Literacy: An Analysis of Sociocultural Activity in Latino Home and Community Contexts. CIERA Report.
Monzo, Lilia; Rueda, Robert
Minority children are often thought to lack an achievement orientation. This paper discusses the home and community contexts of Latina/o immigrant children in a low-income community in Southern California, to demonstrate how sociocultural factors interact to produce motivation. Findings reveal that even among demographically similar families, a diverse set of constraints and affordances are at play which significantly impact students achievement orientations toward literacy and schooling. Further, findings indicate that the families' daily struggles to negotiate within a linguistically and culturally unfamiliar environment make the importance of literacy--particularly English literacy--quite transparent to children. (Contains 37 references and 2 tables of data.) (Author/RS)
Descriptors: Achievement Need, Community Influence, Cultural Differences, Elementary Education, Family Environment, Family Influence, Hispanic Americans, Immigrants, Low Income, Minority Group Children
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement, Ann Arbor, MI.