The Praeger Handbook of Latino Education in the U.S.
by Lourdes Diaz Soto, ed.
November 2006, 605pp, 7x10
2 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-32833-6
$217, £161, 188€, A294
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Prominent educators, activists, and students discuss the current state of Latinos and education in the U.S., highlighting challenges, possibilities, and issues for this fast-growing population.

Latinos in the United States have fought hard to attain equality, especially in the field of education. The Praeger Handbook of Latino Education in the U.S. focuses on this fight for equal educational access and represents a significant addition to American educational literature. The contributors to this volume reveal that many Latino children still face challenges that were present many decades ago. In addition to such obstacles as cultural conflicts and racism, they also face teachers, curricula, and assessments that are not always respectful to their backgrounds.

Educators, parents, policy makers, and communities across the country will find this work a goldmine of detailed historical and current information.


"This work promises to enlighten the public about the state of Latino education in US schools, and it seems to do that quite adequately. The introduction gives a historical overview and describes the need for the work, which is arranged alphabetically by subject. A random flip reveals Anti-bias Education; Additive Schooling; Children's Literature; Dropout Rates; Court Struggles and Latino Education; English Only; Latino vs. Hispanic; Parental Involvement; No Child Left Behind and Latino Students; and Two-Way Bilingual Education Programs. Most entries consist of several pages, and go into some depth. A comprehensive index takes the user into more specific areas of text, and a glossary defines unfamiliar terms. This is a unique and much-needed addition to existing educational handbooks. Highly recommended. All education collections serving upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers."—Choice, June 1, 2007

"This reference does more than reflect the state of Latino/a education; it raises relevant issues and offers possible solutions. Depending on need, this set would be appropriate for either reference or circulation collections."—Against the Grain, September 1, 2007

"Focuses on the fight for equal educational access and represents a significant addition to the American educational literature."—Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, June 1, 2007

"Soto presents information on the state of education for Latinos in the US in a text meant for educators, students, scholars, policy makers, and general readers. Aiming to provide an overview and a comprehensive understanding of issues, contributors (mostly US scholars in education and other fields) address issues in thematic entries arranged alphabetically. These entries discuss topics such as academic achievement, Americanization, bilingual education, border crossing, higher education, reform and policy, subjects relating to teaching and learning English, and equity. Others include gender issues, immigration, cultural leaders, testing, teacher education, standards, and poverty. Demographic tables are presented in the appendix. Sources for the handbook include the US Census, the Pew Hispanic Center, the Rand Corporation, the National Center for Educational Statistics, and the work of contemporary scholars."—Reference & Research Book News, February 1, 2007

"The Praeger Handbook of Latino Education is a timely and important intervention. The volume will be an essential reference point for years to come and a genuine contribution to the enterprise."—Rodolfo D. Torres, Professor, University of California, Irvine, Visiting Professor, University of Glasgow, Scotland

"Brings together a wealth of information that can inform educational policies and practices designed to promote Latina/o student success."—Raymond V. Padilla, University of Texas at San Antonio

"The Praeger Handbook of Latino Education is a volume that researchers, students, policymakers, and others will turn to again and again for information, insight, and inspiration. Including entries ranging from court battles to language issues and Latino children's literature, this is a welcome resource for all those who care about--and want to change--the fate of Latino children in the U.S. schools."—Sonia Nieto, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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