Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Cavalier, Meg


This literature review reviews the literature of 30 studies completed in the last twenty years that examine barriers for latinx youth, their parents, and their learning communities (student, parent, teacher, etc). The achievement gap for Latino males is growing in the U.S. while simultaneously the population of the Latinx community grows. Researchers are finding unique responses in the Latinx community in terms of perceived barriers by all learning communities (White, black, other…). Their uniqueness is they trend to higher and lower than the rest of sample data, or Latino males will have different responses than latina females, where non-Latino responses are different. This thesis will discuss four specific factors that impact Latino males academic achievement: Language Barriers, Student School Connection, Family Influence, and Student Mobility. Followed will be discussions on implications, limitations, and applications of the research.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis