Visual Journeys Through Wordless Narratives An International Inquiry With Immigrant Children and The Arrival

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-06-19
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Immigration is an ongoing, global phenomenon and schools and teachers in host countries must continually find new ways of working with the increasing numbers of immigrant pupils, including refugees and asylum seekers. Language and literacy are crucial for inclusion in a new context but these must be developed in spaces where these children feel safe to explore themes that resonate with their experiences; to express their understanding and to engage in intercultural exchange.
Visual Journeys Through Wordless Narratives presents the exploration of response strategies to Shaun Tan's The Arrival. The inquiry was carried out in educational settings, with children from many different parts of the world, in four host countries: the UK, Spain, Italy and the USA. The findings reveal the benefits of using wordless narratives such as picturebooks and graphic novels together with visual strategies to support immigrant children's literary understandings and visual literacy. They also reveal the wealth of experiences the children bring with them which have the potential to transform educational practices.

Author Biography

Evelyn Arizpe is Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Glasgow, UK.

Teresa Colomer is a Professor at the Facultdad de Ciencias de la Educación, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.

Carmen Martínez-Roldán is Associate Professor of Bilingual/Bicultural Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA.

Table of Contents

Foreword Shaun Tan
Part I: Embarking on the Journey
1. The Vessel: Theoretical Frameworks and Intersections
2. The Passengers: International Contexts and Participants
3. The Voyage: The Course of the Inquiry
Part II: Navigating the Interpretive Process
4. Reclaiming the Migrant Experience
5. Making Meaning through Retellings and Inferences
6. Re-orientating Cultural Identity through Intertextual Response
7. Engaging with the Visual Affordances of The Arrival
Part III: Mediation and Pedagogy: Transforming Literacy Learning and Teaching
8. Fostering a Community: Mediation that Supports Learning
9. Looking Together: Visual Strategies for Inclusive Pedagogy
10. Conclusion: Arriving and the Onward Journey
Coda: A (Visual) Journey to Italy: Bewilderment, Surprise and Wonder in Reading a ‘Silent Book’ Giorgia Grilli and Marcella Terrusi
Appendix: Picturebooks on Migration

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