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School Connections: U.S. Mexican Youth, Peers, and School Achievement


reviewed by Estela Ballon — 2005

coverTitle: School Connections: U.S. Mexican Youth, Peers, and School Achievement
Author(s): Margaret A. Gibson, Patricia Gándara and Jill Peterson Koyama (Editors)
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807744379, Pages: 210, Year: 2004
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In School Connections:  U.S. Mexican Youth, Peers, and School Achievement, editors Margaret A. Gibson, Patricia Gándara and Jill Peterson Koyama present a diverse array of chapters that examine peer relations among Mexican-origin youth.  This is an important book because the role of peers in the academic success or failure of Mexican-origin youth is an important, yet oftentimes, underestimated area of education research.  On the surface, an examination of peer relations may seem to be as simple as the saying, “Dime con quíen andas y te diré quíen eres” or (loosely translated) “Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are.”  However, what Gibson, Gándara, and Koyama bring together in the 9 chapters of this book are in depth analyses of the relationship between various types, shapes, and textures of peer relations and a multitude of school conditions.  The editors state that the “central interest in this... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 11, 2005, p. 2451-2454
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11860, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 4:39:06 AM

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  • Estela Ballon
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
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    ESTELA GODINEZ BALLÓN is an Assistant Professor in the Liberal Studies Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Her main fields of interest include tracking and ability grouping, parent-school relations, and language politics in schools.
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