Asset Pedagogies in Latino Youth Identity and Achievement explores the theory, research, and application of asset-based pedagogies to counter approaches that fail to challenge deficit views of youth. Presenting details on the role of teachers’ knowledge about students’ language and culture as strengths as opposed to deficiencies, Francesca A. López connects classroom practices to positive outcomes, preparing teachers to use asset pedagogies to promote academic achievement and implement asset-based teaching practices. Making thorough use of examples from research both in and out of the classroom and concluding with concrete applications from experienced educators, this book provides future teachers with a critical understanding of how to support Latino youth.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Part I: A macro-to-micro overview of the context for Latino youth
Chapter 2: Context for Latino Youth
Chapter 3: The Context of the Study: TUSD Desegregation and Obstacles for Latinos
Part II: Theories and Research
Chapter 4: Altering Self-Fulfilling Prophesies: Teacher Beliefs and Teacher Behaviors
Chapter 5: Student Identity
Chapter 6: Policy Recommendations
Part III: Teacher Perspective on Asset-Based Pedagogy
Chapter 7: Decolonizing Chican@ Studies to Rehumanize Xican@ Youth through Indigenous Pedagogies
Chapter 8: A Counter Narrative: A Pedagogy of Love through Critical Race Theory
José Alberto González
Chapter 9: Culturally Responsive Practices in K-5 Classrooms
Chapter 10: On Becoming Human in White Skin
Chapter 11: Chicanismo and Carnalismo: An Asset Based Curriculum and Pedagogy
Alexandro Salomón Escamilla
Francesca A. López is Associate Professor of Education Policy Studies & Practice at the University of Arizona, USA.
"Dr. Francesca López’s original, well-theorized text is brilliantly path-breaking, even as it has enormous implications for the somber reality of racialized suffering in our nation’s classrooms, on the one hand, and asset-based pedagogies as its antidote, on the other. She provides the analytical tools and empirical evidence needed to deconstruct the often subtle, everyday ways that children and youth of color get harmed and how to remedy it. A job well done!"
—Angela Valenzuela, Professor of Education at the University of Texas at Austin, USA, and author of Subtractive Schooling, Leaving Children Behind, and Growing Critically Conscious Teachers
"This book points the way to a truly authentic pedagogy for Latino youth, one that, with a strong research base, turns traditional pedagogy on its head: Latino students do not need remediation to ‘catch up,’ they need teaching that builds on their assets and allows them to flourish. This book is a must-read for all educators of Latino students."
—Patricia Gándara, Professor of Education and Co-Director of the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA