Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Gloria M. Rodriguez & Rene Antrop-Gonzalez & Augustina Reyes
The term Latinos is often used interchangeably with the term Hispanic or with the various national origin terms (e.g. Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban) found in formal educational sources. Indeed, the choice of terms to describe this population has been the subject of considerable scholarly and political debate. The impact of these debates on education is ongoing, given that available data on the educational status and representation of Latinos in the United States can be misleading if one is not careful to identify such factors as national origin, economic class, native language, ethnic identity, and so forth to more accurately depict the tremendous within-group diversity. Moreover, each of the groups that together comprise U.S. Latinos has its own particular history, often rooted in the regional or generational issues that likewise influence their particular educational experiences. Such withingroup diversity notwithstanding, the available data on Latinos in U.S. schools do indicate that Latinos ...