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ERIC Number: EJ1004334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1059-308X
Latino Families Challenging Exclusion in a Middle School: A Story from the Trenches
Jasis, Pablo
School Community Journal, v23 n1 p111-130 2013
This study examines a grassroots, school-centered parent and family organizing effort from the actual "trenches" in the struggle for equity and excellence in education. This is an exploration of the intrinsic value and the complex dynamics of the organizing process of a small group of Latino immigrant parents struggling to improve their children's educational opportunities at their local middle school. It is based on a microanalysis of the parents' interactions, exploring the process of awareness and mobilization as the participant families challenged established school policies and practices they perceived as discriminatory towards the education of their children. It chronicles and examines the process by which the participating families and their children increased their visibility in the school community, eventually gaining access to more challenging instruction and to an improved school experience. The author examines the parents' process of engagement at the school by focusing on specific moments and interactions called trigger events, which play a critical role in the parents' mobilization. These events galvanize and inspire their increased participation in a process marked by initial feelings of indignation and alienation but which, over time, engages the participants in a journey of joint discovery, collaboration, and hope.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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