‘A space for beginning’: teaching Mexican American studies in Texas community colleges

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2022
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Doran, Erin
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School of Education

The School of Education seeks to prepare students as educators to lead classrooms, schools, colleges, and professional development.

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The School of Education was formed in 2012 from the merger of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

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The purpose of this study is to highlight Mexican American Studies programs in community colleges, a sector where Ethnic Studies has largely gone unstudied. Drawing on interviews from 13 faculty members across Texas, this study describes these instructors’ approach to teaching and the impact they feel this type of curriculum has on students’ academic journeys. The findings suggest that MAS curriculum has a positive impact on Latina/o/x students’ cultural pride and helps them connect their racial and cultural background to their education.
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis in Race Ethnicity and Education on March 2, 2022. It is available online at DOI:10.1080/13613324.2022.2047637. Copyright 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Posted with permission.
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