Effective Practices that Matter for Latino Children

Authored by: Teresa M. Huerta , Carmina M. Brittain

Handbook of Latinos and Education

Print publication date:  December  2009
Online publication date:  December  2009

Print ISBN: 9780805858396
eBook ISBN: 9780203866078
Adobe ISBN: 9781135236694


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Recent research suggests that teachers who work effectively with Latino students employ three non-traditional practices that are: (a) highly interactive, (b) student-centered, and (c) collaborative (Dalton, 1998; Moll, Amanita, Neff, & González, 1992; Padrón, Waxman, & Rivera, 2002). These contrast with traditional practices that tend to be teacher-directed, individualized, and competitive (Tharp & Gallimore, 1988). In addition, this research finds that successful teachers of Latino students tend to have a broader pedagogical perspective than others, one that extends beyond the traditional notion of content knowledge and instructional practices (Moll et al., 1992; Monzó & Rueda, 2001; Padrón et al., 2002).

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