College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The tensions that dominate the lives of Mexican-American adolescents complicate their academic achievement. Many Anglo-American teachers see Mexican-American students as lacking parental and administrative support and capability or intelligence, stereotypes that poison progress and inhibit their learning.
Our research considers the influence of visionary, dedicated teachers in the lives of underprivileged students. The biographical film narratives included in our study detail the experiences of Caucasian and Latino teachers and their Mexican-American students. They point to the power of individual teachers to open doors for positive change and progress in the lives of their students.
First Co-Presenter's Department
Sanford, Morgan and Maddox, Elise, "Disposition for Change: A Teacher's Quest for Student and Self-Liberation" (2018). Research on Capitol Hill. Paper 97.