Engaging latinos in culturally specific educational programming: A multidisciplinary approach

Paul Springer, Cody Hollist, Karen Buchfink

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Results from the 2000 United States census highlighted that the Latino population had exceeded the African American population as the largest U.S. minority group. Furthermore, during the past 20 years, migration patterns for Latino families have spread throughout the West, Midwest, and South and not merely in the border states. To meet the rising educational and human service needs, professionals have sought to develop programs that are effective at helping the Latino populations. This article presents a theoretical model for engaging Latinos in family and consumer science education and outreach programs. The model was designed for family and consumer science educators and draws from both the education and human service literature. A case study is used to outline the application of the model and suggestions for implementation are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310-328
Number of pages19
JournalFamily and Consumer Sciences Research Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Culturally specific programs
  • Engaging Latinos
  • Parent education
  • Parent teacher programs
  • Teacher family involvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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