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Learning from Latino Teachers


reviewed by Estela Ballon — March 25, 2008

coverTitle: Learning from Latino Teachers
Author(s): Gilda L. Ochoa
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787987778, Pages: 288, Year: 2007
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In American public education, decisions about schooling are often made by those far removed from the classroom, those wo do not resemble the students of today and those whose motivations for increasing educational achievement may be vastly different than those intimately tied to schools. In Learning From Latino Teachers, by Gilda L. Ochoa, two groups that are rarely consulted regarding the state of teaching and learning in American public schools are centered upon:  teachers and Latinas/os. By focusing on the narratives of Latina/o teachers, Ochoa captures, at once, two groups who provide insights of both the every day workings and interactions in today’s classrooms and school campuses and their own schooling experiences as Latina/o students. Thus, their own schooling experiences as Latina/os, coming from working-class families and communities, and being immigrants or having immigrant parents informs their teaching and learning perspectives and provides valuable insight into the contemporary situation for... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 25, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15170, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 4:22:32 PM

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  • Estela Ballon
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
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    ESTELA GODINEZ BALLON received her Ph.D. in Sociology and is an Assistant Professor in the Liberal Studies Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Her interests and research have focused on issues of inequality in schools including curriculum tracking and the relations between Latino parents and schools. Her forthcoming article, "Racial Differences in High School Math Track Placement," will be published in the Journal of Latinos in Education in Fall 2008. She is currently working on a book examining the schooling experiences of Mexican American students.
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