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Mesocentrism and students of Mexican background: A community intervention for culturally relevant instruction
Journal of Latinos in Education (2003)
  • Heriberto Godina, PhD, University of Texas at El Paso
Abstract

How does the integration of information about a student's ancestral culture elicit a more positive motivation for their learning in school? Chicano activists in the Southwest exposed middle school students to a program of instruction based on Mesoamerican ancestry. The program's effectiveness is analyzed through a quasi-experiment. A pre- and post-survey measured cultural awareness, desire, effect, reading preference, self-esteem, and self-concept. Informal student narratives were used to interpret treatment effects. Results indicated that the intervention enhanced students' sense of cultural awareness and voluntary reading preferences. Implication for the study include how culturally relevant instruction can be a valuable stepping stone for motivating traditionally marginalized students into a meaningful engagement with content-area literacy.

Publication Date
2003
Citation Information
Heriberto Godina. "Mesocentrism and students of Mexican background: A community intervention for culturally relevant instruction" Journal of Latinos in Education Vol. 2 Iss. 3 (2003)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/heriberto_godina/4/