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ERIC Number: EJ798679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1059-308X
Understanding the Culture of Low-Income Immigrant Latino Parents: Key to Involvement
Orozco, Graciela L.
School Community Journal, v18 n1 p21-37 Spr-Sum 2008
Schools often consider themselves experts in a child's education. While school personnel are trained to work with children and families and certainly have much experience in the matter, the perspective and values of low-income parents are not always understood nor incorporated into the school culture. Since parent involvement has been shown to positively affect academic outcomes, it becomes important to understand the potential contributions that low-income parents can make to their children's education. This article describes a qualitative case analysis that examined what low-income immigrant Latino parents had to say about their parenting roles on "La Placita Bilingue," a live call-in radio talk show produced by Radio Bilingue, the national Latino public radio network. Four themes that reflect the values of 18 parents emerged from the analysis of 11 hours of Spanish-language, live call-in shows: (1) the special place of children in the family; (2) "saber es poder"--knowledge is power; (3) "querer es poder"--where there is a will, there is a way; and (4) the importance of culture and of being bilingual. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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