ERIC Number: ED470554
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Educating Hispanic Students: Obstacles and Avenues to Improved Academic Achievement. Educational Practice Report 8.
Padron, Yolanda N.; Waxman, Hersch C.; Rivera, Hector H.
This report examines factors that must be considered in the development of effective educational programs that serve Hispanic students. The educational crisis facing Hispanic students has been discussed at length at local, state, regional, and national levels, and a number of reports have documented problems confronting these students. This report provides a synthesis of research on the education of Hispanic students, summarizing these problems and suggesting possible solutions. The report is divided into five sections. The first section discusses factors in the education of Hispanics. The second highlights the educational status of Hispanic students in the United States. The third examines factors associated with the underachievement of Hispanic students, with particular focus on the following: lack of qualified teachers to teach them, the use of inappropriate teaching practices, and at-risk school environments. The fourth section spotlights factors associated with the success of Hispanic students and provides a brief summary of instructional strategies and programs that have been found to significantly improve their achievement in school. The fifth section examines how current knowledge of such practices and programs can inform educational policy and practice regarding teacher education and professional development and guide future research. (Contains 78 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Culturally Relevant Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Hispanic American Students, Low Achievement, Teacher Qualifications, Teaching Methods
Dissemination Coordinator CREDE/CAL, Center for Applied Linguistics, 4646 40th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20016-1859. Tel: 202-362-0700; Tel: 800-551-3709 (Toll-Free); Fax: 202-362-3740; Fax: 800-700-3629 (Toll-Free); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.cal.org/crede/pubs.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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.