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Trans-formations: Migration, Family Life, and Achievement Motivation among Latino Adolescents


reviewed by Patricia Gandara — 1998

coverTitle: Trans-formations: Migration, Family Life, and Achievement Motivation among Latino Adolescents
Author(s): Carola Suarez-Orozco, Marcela Suarez-Orozco
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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The high school completion rate for Latinos eighteen- to twenty-four-year olds now stands at only 56 percent, compared with approximately 77 percent for African Americans and 82 percent for whites (Carter & Wilson, 1996). Moreover, of all Latino subgroups, Mexican Americans are at the highest risk for school failure (Chapa, 1991. The huge discrepancy in academic achievement between Latinos and all others and the continuing immigration of large numbers of Mexican youth to the United States set the stage for the issues explored in Transformations by Carola and Marcelo Suárez-Orozco. Two overarching questions are posed by the authors: Is Latino—in particular, Mexican—immigration bad for the United States; that is, does it cause social disruption, take jobs from U.S. citizens, and result in a burden on the economy? And, do Mexican-origin students have inherently lower achievement motivation as a result of Mexican cultural influences? While each of these questions could form the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 3, 1998, p. 598-601
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10280, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 2:33:28 AM

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