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Phi Delta Kappan, v90 n10 p756-761 Jun 2009

Students in Room 501 were exploring and negotiating their lives as transnational citizens. In a globalized world of instantaneous information and communication, Latino students are shaping, morphing, and evolving into a new generation. This study highlights one group of students who were aspiring toward middle class, which is not the typical perception created when educators and policy makers identify Latino children as at risk. The tacit and explicit addressing of students' culture through local school practices, curriculum, and pedagogy is intertwined with students' identity and contributes to their academic expectations. This research highlights the educational importance of understanding within-group differences as well as students' contemporary experiences to identify and access their strengths.

Descriptors: Middle Class, Academic Achievement, Immigrants, Hispanic American Students, Foreign Countries, Language Acquisition, Grade 5, Second Language Instruction, Spanish, Hispanic Americans, Parents

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Author: Curwen, Margaret Sauceda


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