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Mexican Roots, American Schools: Helping Mexican Immigrant Children Succeed


reviewed by David A. Badillo — October 16, 2007

coverTitle: Mexican Roots, American Schools: Helping Mexican Immigrant Children Succeed
Author(s): Robert Crosnoe
Publisher: Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA
ISBN: 080475523X, Pages: 163, Year: 2006
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This is a useful book, not so much because author Robert Crosnoe succeeds in his goal of advancing commentary on major social policy issues, but because of the opening for further research that it presents for exploring important variables of educational inequality among children of Mexican immigrant families.  Crosnoe analyzes a national statistical sample gleaned from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) by the United States Department of Education—the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study—primarily the portion sampling kindergartners in the fall of 1998 (ECLS-K), along with two final data collections covering 2002 and 2004. The data largely draw from parent and teacher reports, and his analysis places special emphasis on revealing barriers to early mathematics learning, as well as on evaluating educational processes and inequalities at the beginning of “formal schooling.” He also examines the important transition to elementary school. The rather slim volume of text (ca. 100 pages) is... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 16, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14656, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 11:59:52 AM

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  • David Badillo
    Lehman College
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    David A. Badillo, Associate Professor of Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College (C.U.N.Y.), is author of Latinos and the New Immigrant Church (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006) and numerous scholarly articles on the history and sociology of Latinos in the United States. His current research focuses on the contemporary Latino civil rights movement and the urban reception of Latin American (and other) recent immigrants.
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