ERIC Number: EJ1045846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Reference Count: 27
Operationalizing "Consejos" in the P-20 Educational Pipeline: Interrogating the Nuances of Latino Parent Involvement
Alfaro, Daisy D.; O'Reilly-Díaz, Karen; López, Gerardo R.
Multicultural Education, v21 n3-4 p11-16 Spr-Sum 2014
In institutions of higher education, Latinos represent 25.2% of 18-to-24-year-old students enrolled in two-year colleges. Moreover, Latinos are now the largest "minority" group in four-year colleges and universities (2012). This rapid growth and increased participation of Latino students in the P-20 pipeline presents an opportunity for educational institutions to prepare a constituency that is poised to meet the needs of the Latino community and society at large. Regrettably, despite these advances, the Latino population continues to have some of the lowest levels of educational attainment. Research has pointed to a number of factors that adversely affect Latino students as they traverse the P-20 educational pipeline; these factors have resulted in what Gándara and Contreras (2009) have identified as the "Latino educational crisis." In this article, the authors contend that educational institutions must address this educational crisis. Specifically, institutions must acknowledge and value the positive influence that Latino parental involvement has on Latino students throughout the P-20 educational pipeline. Herein, they present a perspective that attempts to describe one form of Latino parent involvement--the use of "consejos," one of many culturally-appropriate practices within Latino households. Drawing upon Delgado-Gaitan's (1994) understanding of "consejos"--powerful narratives used by Latino families to transmit feelings, perceptions, actions, and responses to the educational system--the authors point to how Latino parents positively influence their children's educational development despite being unfamiliar with the U.S. education system.
Descriptors: Hispanic Americans, Parent Participation, Educational Attainment, Minority Group Students, Culturally Relevant Education, Educational Practices, Parent Influence, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Aspiration, Student Motivation, Cultural Differences, Personal Narratives, Case Studies, Longitudinal Studies, Academic Achievement
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