Danielle Guzman-Orth, a graduate student in the Department of Education at the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara, has been awarded a graduate study grant from the Chicano Studies Institute at UC Santa Barbara for work on her project entitled “Investigating Home Literacy Environments of Spanish Speaking English Language Learners.”
This study focuses on the parents of the students involved in the Growth in Literacy Project. Parent interviews will be conducted to find out the home literacy experiences occurring in Spanish-speaking Latino homes of children who are at various stages in the literacy acquisition process. Guzman-Orth will explore the relationships between home literacy experiences and student outcomes for 1st through 3rd grade Spanish-speaking English language learners who are learning how to read.
Danielle Guzman-Orth is a third year doctoral student in the Special Education, Disabilities, and Risk Studies emphasis under advisor Dr. Michael Gerber. Her research interests include language, cognition, and family supports for culturally and linguistically diverse students at risk for learning disabilities. She is a GSR, and coordinates the UCSB portion of the Growth in Literacy Project, a federally funded longitudinal research collaboration between Drs. H. Lee Swanson, Michael Orosco, Cathy Lussier (UCR) and Michael Gerber (UCSB).
The Chicano Studies Institute accepts proposals from graduate students engaged in research on topics pertaining to Chicana/o or Latina/o populations in the United States. Projects grounded in all academic fields are welcome with priority given to interdisciplinary research projects and to applicants not previously funded by the Institute.
[Danielle Guzman-Orth is available for interviews; to arrange an interview, contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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