Understanding Latino Students’ Schooling Experiences: The Relevance of Skin Color Among Mexican and Puerto Rican High School Students

  title={Understanding Latino Students’ Schooling Experiences: The Relevance of Skin Color Among Mexican and Puerto Rican High School Students},
  author={Edward Fergus},
  journal={Teachers College Record: The Voice of Scholarship in Education},
  pages={339 - 375}
  • Edward Fergus
  • Published 1 February 2009
  • Education
  • Teachers College Record: The Voice of Scholarship in Education
Background/Context For the last 40 years, researchers have posited competing theories regarding the relative influence of social class background and racial-group membership on the school experiences, academic performance, behavior, and motivation of ethnic minority students. The general purpose of these competing theories has been to explain why ethnic minority students fail or succeed in schools. Many of these theories consider factors inside the school and the child's family, culture, racial… 

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