Culturally Contested Pedagogy: Battles of Literacy and Schooling between Mainstream Teachers and Asian Immigrant Parents

Culturally Contested Pedagogy: Battles of Literacy and Schooling between Mainstream Teachers and Asian Immigrant Parents

by Guofang Li
     
 

The voices of teachers, parents, and students create a compelling ethnographic study that examines the debate between traditional and progressive pedagogies in literacy education and the mismatch of cross-cultural discourses between mainstream schools and Asian families. This book focuses on a Vancouver suburb where the Chinese population has surpassed the white… See more details below

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The voices of teachers, parents, and students create a compelling ethnographic study that examines the debate between traditional and progressive pedagogies in literacy education and the mismatch of cross-cultural discourses between mainstream schools and Asian families. This book focuses on a Vancouver suburb where the Chinese population has surpassed the white community numerically and socioeconomically, but not politically, and where the author uncovers disturbing cultural conflicts, educational dissensions, and "silent" power struggles between school and home. What Guofang Li reveals illustrates the challenges of teaching and learning in an increasingly complex educational landscape in which literacy, culture, race, and social class intertwine. Advocating for a greater cultural understanding of minority beliefs in literacy education and a more critical examination of mainstream instructional practices, Li offers a new theoretical framework and critical recommendations for teachers, schools, and parents.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900791465942
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Series:
SUNY series, Power, Social Identity, and Education Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
281

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction : literacy learning and teaching in a new socioeconomic context1
1Literacy instruction and cross-cultural discourses17
2The city, the school, and the families39
3Literacy and culture battles : teacher beliefs and parent perspectives63
4Beginning forays in the battles : Sandy, Anthony, Kevin, and Alana101
5Living through the battles : Billy, Andy, Jake, and Tina147
6Understanding the battles of literacy and culture : conflicts and complexities183
7Learning from the battles : toward a pedagogy of cultural reciprocity207

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