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Chicana/Latina High School Students’ Perspectives on Chicana/Latina Teachers

Author(s): Lorena Santos


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Chicana/Latina High School Students’ Perspectives on Chicana/Latina Teachers

How do Chicana/Latina teachers impact Chicana/Latina high school students' development of ethnic and gender identities? This paper explores the relationships among Chicana/Latina high school students and teachers in an urban setting. It analyzes the social pressures that affect Chicana/Latina students as well as Chicana/Latina educators' role in students' development of personal identities. Data collection was based on three methods: short-answer questionnaires, a group discussion, and one-on-one interviews. The data showed that Chicana/Latina high school students believe that Chicana/Latina educators are important role models and demonstrate authentic care for students. However, students agreed that schools fail to validate their humanity. Instead, students want a culturally relevant curriculum that includes their lived realities. In addition, the data suggested that Chicana/Latina students critically analyze their relationships with African American teachers, while completely disregarding the role of white teachers in their educational experiences.

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