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ERIC Number: ED478620
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-22
Pages: 30
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What about the Teachers and the Classes? Puerto Rican Students in Chicago Share Their Experience.
Davila, Erica R.
This paper explores Puerto Rican high school students' experiences in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Data were collected via individual and group interviews with Puerto Rican students, focusing on the relationships, or lack thereof, among participants and their teachers and counselors and the relevance and/or interest, or lack thereof, of curriculum structure and content. The first section examines the literature on Puerto Rican students' experience in U.S. schools, the historical context of Puerto Ricans in Chicago, and demographics of the CPS. The second section describes the theory and methods used to frame and analyze the data. The third section explores students' voices and notes scholarly research that helps to frame their experiences within a critique of teacher preparation and curriculum that disadvantages students of color. Overall, students in general education high schools had more negative encounters with teachers and curriculum than did students in magnet and college prep schools. Curriculum content and structure were perceived as problematic for students in general education and vocational schools. Students in all types of schools had concerns with the lack of counselors. Students recurrently resisted negative encounters with teachers and curriculum. Appended are: Interview Lengths; Interview Questions; List of Participants; and School Data. (Contains 25 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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