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Con Respeto

Bridging the Distances Between Culturally Diverse Families and Schools: An Ethnographic Portrait

Guadalupe Valdes

240 pages
Teachers College Press

Con Respeto: Bridging the Distances Between Culturally Diverse Families and Schools—An Ethnographic Portrait presents a study of ten Mexican immigrant families, with a special focus on mothers, that describes how such families go about the business of surviving and learning to succeed in a new world. Guadalupe Valdés examines what appears to be a lack of interest in education by Mexican parents and shows, through extensive quotations and numerous anecdotes, that these families are both rich and strong in family values, and that they bring with them clear views of what constitutes success and failure. The book’s conclusion questions the merit of typical family intervention programs designed to promote school success and suggests that these interventions—because they do not genuinely respect the values of diverse families—may have long-term negative consequences for children.

Con Respeto will be a valuable resource in graduate courses in foundations, ethnographic research, sociology and anthropology of education, multicultural education, and child development; and will be of particular interest to professors and researchers of multicultural education, bilingual education, ethnographic research methods, and sociology and anthropology of education.

Author Bio

Guadalupe Valdés is a Professor in the School of Education and in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Stanford University. She received the 2022 LRA Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award.