ERIC Number: EJ1073412
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
"That "Fuego," That Fire in Their Stomach": Academically Successful Latinas/os and "Racial Opportunity Cost"
Venzant Chambers, Terah T.; Locke, Leslie A.; Tagarao, Annel M.
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v28 n7 p800-818 2015
This article discusses the racial opportunity cost of academic achievement for Latina/o students who graduated from urban high schools and participated in a larger study of 18 high-achieving students of color. The article focuses on the ways the school context influenced their success. Interviews with the seven Latina/o participants reveal that while the original findings encompassed their perspectives, there were additional dimensions to their experiences that expanded the notion of racial opportunity cost. These factors included: (1) Language; (2) Immigration; and (3) Family. A secondary focus of this article is how school leaders can use these findings to facilitate academic achievement for Latina/o students.
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Academic Achievement, Urban Schools, Immigration, High Achievement, Educational Environment, Second Language Learning, Institutional Characteristics, Educational Attitudes, Cultural Background, Family Relationship, Spanish, English (Second Language), Race, Cultural Awareness, Teacher Student Relationship, Self Concept, High School Graduates, School Community Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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