Investigating the Student Experiences of Mexican-American PK-12 Educators to Cultivate Authentic Latino Recruitment Strategies

  • Jason M. Morton Fort Osage R-I Public Schools
  • Barbara N. Martin University of Central Missouri
Keywords: teacher recruitment, critical race theory, Latino critical theory, social capital theory, additive schooling, authentic caring, relational resources, institutional support, Latino, Mexican-American, educational aspiration and persistence, majoritarian

Abstract

This collective case study utilized a dual conceptual framework of Critical Race/Latino Critical Theory and Social Capital theory to examine the perceptions of PK-12 Latino educators (specifically, educators of Mexican-American descent) regarding their personal experiences as students in the PK-12 milieu, and how those perceptions impacted their consideration of education as a career. From the data, the following themes emerged: 1) the Role of Relational Support, with the subthemes of: a) Educators, b) Family, and c) Community; and 2) the Role of Institutional Support, with the subthemes of: a) Increased Student Expectations, b) Building Capacity, and c) Cultural and Socioeconomic Awareness and Validation. The implications of this inquiry could affect both K-12 institutions and higher education institutions as they analyze and subsequently modify or eliminate existing practices to infuse the support necessary to address the inverse growth of PK-12 Latino educators relative to the American population as a whole.

Author Biographies

Jason M. Morton, Fort Osage R-I Public Schools

Jason M. Morton works as an instructor for the College of Education at the University of Phoenix (Kansas City Campus). He has presented on CRT and Latino issues at regional and national conferences, including AERA.

Barbara N. Martin, University of Central Missouri

Barbara N. Martin is a professor in the Educational Leadership and Human Development department at the University of Central Missouri. She has published and presented on CRT, social justice leadership, and technology in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. 

Published
2013-03-16
How to Cite
Morton, J., & Martin, B. (2013). Investigating the Student Experiences of Mexican-American PK-12 Educators to Cultivate Authentic Latino Recruitment Strategies. Current Issues in Education, 16(1). Retrieved from https://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/1076
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Articles