ERIC Number: EJ1032386
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
School Smarts: A Reflection of Pedagogical and Personal Insights
Barrera, Magdalena L.
Journal of Latinos and Education, v13 n3 p212-221 2014
Recent studies show that many college instructors still believe that Latino students lack the "school smarts" for academic success. This essay challenges the notion of school smarts in order to highlight Latino students' numerous strengths. I share my model for a mentorship program that facilitates better student-faculty communication and deepens a student-centered learning environment in a large general education course. Establishing the program led me to reflect on how the enduring belief in school smarts affected my own academic training. Directly challenging deficit thinking, I argue that Latino students contribute to a transformative educational process in which faculty are also learners.
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Mentors, Teacher Student Relationship, Interpersonal Communication, Learner Controlled Instruction, Transformative Learning, College Students, College Faculty, Student Attitudes, Personal Narratives, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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