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The Power of Parents: A Critical Perspective of Bicultural Parent Involvement in Public Schools


reviewed by Francisco X. Gaytán — June 04, 2007

coverTitle: The Power of Parents: A Critical Perspective of Bicultural Parent Involvement in Public Schools
Author(s): Edward M. Olivos
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New York
ISBN: 0820474789 , Pages: 133, Year: 2006
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In The Power of Parents: A Critical Perspective of Bicultural Parent Involvement in Public Schools Edward M. Olivos aims to offer an exploration of how parents from cultural backgrounds different than the dominant culture come to be excluded from the public school system. A major claim in the book is that the lack of parental involvement is not due to the conservative view that they lack interest or motivation or the liberal view that parents lack the cultural skills to be involved in school. Instead, Olivos argues that parents are motivated to be involved and have significant resources to draw upon to facilitate their involvement in the public school system. Using a critical perspective, Olivos clearly illustrates his contention that parental involvement in school or lack thereof is actually the result of subordination and exclusion by those in power (i.e. teachers, school administrators, and those representing the dominant culture), which... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 04, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14509, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 9:36:05 AM

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  • Francisco Gaytán
    New York University
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    FRANCISCO X. GAYTAN is an advanced doctoral student in applied psychology at New York University. His research focuses on Latinos and education and the academic and cultural adaptation of immigrant youth. His dissertation research focuses on the educational outcomes of the growing Mexican immigrant student population in New York City. He is co-author, with Carola Suárez-Orozco, of the forthcoming chapter "The Academic Trajectories of Newcomer Immigrant Youth” to be published in How to Help Young Immigrant Youth Succeed by G. Sonnert and G. Holton (Eds.).
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