Clase working paper: Service-learning tutoring of newcomer Latinos: Multicultural education at its best?
Matthews, Paul H.
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Service-learning opportunities are often touted as providing effective venues for achieving the goals of multicultural education and the development of cross-cultural understanding. This qualitative investigation of three semesters of participant self-reflections from a university service-learning course providing tutoring outreach to K-12 Latino students in a newly-Latino state identified five primary thematic outcomes supportive of the appropriateness of service-learning for multicultural education, following Gay's (1994) synthesis of multicultural educational goals. These included participants' development of knowledge about Latino cultures; their own personal development; increased compassion for diverse populations and reduction of negative stereotypes towards Latino youth, families, and culture; enhanced multicultural and cross-cultural competence, especially in educational techniques; and increased commitment to action and future work in service of multiculturalism and immigrant Latinos.