Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
College of Education, Department of Teacher Education
Sung Park-Johnson, PhD
Amy Clark, PhD
An increasing number of children in early childhood education (ECE) are Latinx. Drawing on ethnic identity, culture, and language, this thesis describes the dichotomy between adherences to one’s ethnic identity and assimilation into the dominant societal culture. This paper describes how assimilation harms students and provokes negative implications such as identity loss, confusion, and loss of cultural ties. Dismantling the dichotomy is possible through the power of language, culture, and strengthening teacher-parent relationships.
Olvera, Rocio J., "Dismantling the Dichotomy: Latinx Identity and Assimilation in Early Childhood Education" (2022). College of Education Theses and Dissertations. 227.