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ERIC Number: EJ870847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1946
Unveiling the Promise of Community Cultural Wealth to Sustaining Latina/o Students' College-Going Information Networks
Liou, Daniel D.; Antrop-Gonzalez, Rene; Cooper, Robert
Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, v45 n6 p534-555 2009
This article examines the norms of school failure and illuminates ways in which low-income students of color respond to their needs for educational advancement when conditions to support their college-going identities are severely limited in the school context. This study's primary finding confirms the value of a grassroots approach to improving schools through learning from key resources in students' communities on how to best assist them to meet their college-going aspirations. From a larger study, the authors extrapolate data from two racially segregated urban schools and confirm that when school size, student demographics, student achievement, and students' social economic status are similar, students are able to overcome the limits of their schools and acquire the information necessary to better prepare them for college. This finding is significant when issues related to transforming the structure and culture of schooling are considered, particularly in changing how schools conduct their operations to making college a possible destination, particularly for populations that are historically excluded from postsecondary education. At the core of the authors' analysis is the investigation into ways that college-related information is shared between educators and students. The authors find that high-stakes information networks are extremely important to cultivating a college-going school culture. These networks consist of knowing adults who are effective in mentoring students and provide them with academic expectations and psychological support in the forms of high stakes information.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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