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How can psychology contribute to our understanding of Hispanics in the United States? Edited by Amado M. Padilla, Hispanic Psychology offers students, researchers, and practitioners the most contemporary and complete view of psychological writings available today. The topics tackled by a team of social scientists include adaptation to a new culture in the United States, the role of the family in acculturation, ethnic identification for Hispanics, health and mental health service and research needs of Hispanics, and changing gender roles in Hispanic culture. This volume examines such complex subjects as Chicano male gang members, homeless female AIDS victims, and educational resiliency of students with authority and perceptivity. This book brings together diverse psychological issues that will spark an interest in anyone wishing to have a ...

Educational Policy and the Growing Latino Student Population: Problems and Prospects
Educational policy and the growing Latino student population: Problems and prospects
Richard R.Valencia

A few public values have dominated educational policy in the United States: excellence, efficiency, and equity (Murphy, 1990). These values nonetheless have shifted in importance as American educators reform public schools. For instance, Callahan (1962) indicates that educational policies of the 1920s and 1930s were concerned with the efficiency with which schools were being conducted, and consolidation and reduction in expenditures were two of the most cited reforms. The policies in the 1960s and 1970s shifted their focus to equity as the dominant value. Lately, the reform movement has redirected its efforts to excellence as the dominant value in educational policy (Bacharach, 1991).

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