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Martin Meraz Garcia

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Chicano Education


According to the Pew Research Center, the disparity between Latinos (14.5%) and Caucasian (51%) students who earned a Bachelor’s degree in 2012 concerns scholars and policymakers. Scholarly articles (Chung and Dickson 2011; Spears, Brown, and Chu 2012; Moreno and Gaytán 2013; Becerra 2012), support the statement that the educational system in the U.S. can improve the services provided to Latino students in order to increase their college attainment. Some concerns raised by scholars include the lack of certified teachers and administrators who are culturally competent and can help Latino students develop the skills needed to succeed in college. This study uses empirical data from teacher surveys, focus groups with parents, and a version of the Kenneth Clark Doll Experiment in order to determine the factors that shape the perceptions of college among Latino elementary students. The research additionally explores the difference of perspectives according to gender among Latino children.