Home-School Connections in a Multicultural Society: Learning From and With Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-12-21
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Educators everywhere confront critical issues related to families, schooling, and teaching in diverse settings. Directly addressing this reality, Home-School Connections in a Multicultural Societyshows pre-service and practicing teachers how to recognize and build on the rich resources for enhancing school learning that exist within culturally and linguistically diverse families. Combining engaging cases and relevant key concepts with thought-provoking pedagogical features, this valuable resource for educators at all levels: Provides detailed portraits of diverse families that highlight their unique cultural practices related to schooling and the challenges that their children face in school settings Introduces key sociocultural and ethnographic concepts, in ways that are both accessible and challenging, and applies these concepts as lenses through which to examine the portraits Shows how teachers and researchers have worked with diverse families to build positive relationships and develop learning activities that incorporate children'"s unique experiences and resources Disrupting deficit assumptions about the experiences and knowledge that culturally and linguistically diverse children acquire in their homes and communities, this book engages readers in grappling deeply and personally with the chapters'" meanings and implications, and in envisioning their own practical ways to learn from and with families and children.

Author Biography

Maria Luiza Dantas is Educational Consultant and Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Patrick C. Manyak is Associate Professor of Literacy Education, Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, University of Wyoming.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Home-School (Dis)connectionsp. 17
"Lost Boys," Cousins-and Aunties: Using Sudanese Refugee Relationships to Complicate Definitions of "Family"p. 19
The Impact of Social Dynamics on Immigrant Children's Language and Literacy Practices: Learning from Asian Familiesp. 41
A Mother and Daughter Go to School: A Story of Strengths and Challengesp. 59
Discontinuities and Differences among Muslim Arab-Americans: Making It at Home and Schoolp. 76
Building Connections between Homes and Schoolsp. 94
Fostering Academic Identities among Latino Immigrant Students: Contextualizing Parents' Rolesp. 112
Teacher Commentaryp. 131
Curriculum Transformations: Learning with Familiesp. 135
Do You Hear What I Hear?: Using the Parent Story Approach to Listen to and Learn from African American Parentsp. 137
Home Visits: Learning from Students and Familiesp. 156
Networks of Support: Learning from the Other Teachers in Children's Livesp. 177
Issues in Funds of Knowledge Teaching and Research: Key Concepts from a Study of Appalachian Families and Schoolingp. 201
How Knowledge Counts: Talking Family Knowledge and Lived Experience into Being as Resource for Academic Actionp. 218
Respecting Children's Cultural and Linguistic Knowledge: The Pedagogical Possibilities and Challenges of Multiliteracies in Schoolsp. 237
Teacher Commentaryp. 257
Conclusionp. 263
Home-School-Commumty Collaborations in Uncertain Timesp. 265
List of Contributorsp. 279
Indexp. 281
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