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ERIC Number: EJ1169723
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
"I Always Knew I Was Gifted": Latino Males and the Mestiz@ Theory of Intelligences (MTI)
Carrillo, Juan F.
Berkeley Review of Education, v4 n1 p69-95 Jan 2013
Drawing on the work on "scholarship boys" (Carrillo, 2010; Hoggart, 1957/2006; Rodriguez, 1982), this qualitative study explores the schooling trajectories of working-class, Mexican-origin "ghetto nerds" (Diaz, 2007) in order to introduce Mestiz@ Theory of Intelligences (MTI). For the purpose of this study, "ghetto nerd" is a concept that captures the political, cultural, social, and aesthetic dimensions of three academically successful Mexican-origin males that were born and raised in low-income settings, urban communities in the U.S. This research expands on Howard Gardner's (1985) Multiple Intelligences (MI) theory by conceptualizing a Mestiz@ Theory of Intelligences. As such, this study explores how working-class Latino males perform and embody "gifted identities" as forms of intelligence. Findings provide a critical contribution to current debates on the academic underperformance of Latino male students and notions of intelligence, and they offer the potential for cultivating and affirming gifted mestiz@ identities.
Descriptors: Males, Multiple Intelligences, Academically Gifted, Identification (Psychology), Urban Education, Gender Differences, Qualitative Research, Mexican Americans, Hispanic American Students, Theories, Cultural Influences, Social Bias, Racial Bias, Low Income Groups, Elementary Secondary Education, Ghettos, Coping, Resilience (Psychology), Barriers, Cultural Capital
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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