NLERAP is the “National Latino/a Education Research Agenda Project”, an organization of experienced education researchers with an emphasis on Latino/a education. The project is a collaborative effort with people from several universities across the United States. NLERAP conducted focus groups nationwide to determine the issues Latino/a families face and the implications for education.
NLERAP has identified three major levels of research that would provide a framework for research in particular areas of interest within the field; these are:
- Institutional Research
- Instructional Research
- Interpersonal Research
NLERAP areas of research include:
- Assessment and accountability
- Teacher education and professional development
- Arts in education
- Sociocultural, political, economic and historical context of Latino/a education
NLERAP proposes that the three elements of the research framework provide for the different levels of analysis. Below are some examples of research areas coupled with aspects of the research framework.
- At the institutional level, “high stakes testing and accountability practices” could be one theme for research in area 1, assessment and accountability. Exploring a range of “successful, innovative and culturally responsive pedagogy, learning environments, and assessment processes” would be a theme of research appropriate to instructional approaches at the level of instructional research.
- Getting to know “educator, parent, and community values, attitudes, and beliefs and their impact on education attainment and student learning,” is a theme for exploration at the interpersonal level that would involve the sociocultural, political, economic and historical context of Latino/a education research area.
For a more thorough discussion of NLERAP’s vision, access NLERAP’s recent publication “Education Research & Framework Agenda” at http://NLERAP.hunter.cuny.edu or by contacting Victoria Nuñez (vnuñez@hunter.cuny.edu) or Pedro Pedraza (firstname.lastname@example.org).The Spanish translation is contained in the same booklet.