East Is East, West Is West?: Home Literacy, Culture, and Schooling / Edition 1

East Is East, West Is West?: Home Literacy, Culture, and Schooling / Edition 1

by Guofang Li
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820461199

ISBN-13: 9780820461199

Pub. Date: 01/28/2003

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

Focusing on four Chinese immigrant children’s intersecting worlds of home literacy, culture, and schooling, Guofang Li brings the reader into the inner worlds of these children and their families through an ethnographic lens. Centering on the meanings that these children’s home literacy practices and their beliefs about literacy have brought upon their

Overview

Focusing on four Chinese immigrant children’s intersecting worlds of home literacy, culture, and schooling, Guofang Li brings the reader into the inner worlds of these children and their families through an ethnographic lens. Centering on the meanings that these children’s home literacy practices and their beliefs about literacy have brought upon their school experiences, this book documents the complex, multifaceted nature of the different literacy practices of these children in their distinct family milieus. Li highlights the role of culture and family capital in shaping home literacy practices and schooling. The illustrations of the varied, but often frustrating home experiences counteract the schooled, Eurocentric notion of literacy that may constrain and contradict immigrant children’s learning outside of schools.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820461199
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
Rethinking Childhood Ser., #28
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
225
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresxi
List of Tablesxiii
Acknowledgmentsxv
Introduction1
The Interface between Literacy and Culture: A Journey from East to West1
Understanding Literacy in a Cross-cultural Context5
Organization of the Book7
1Literacy, Learning, and Cross-cultural Schooling11
Literacy as a Cultural Practice11
Literacy as "Situated" Practices13
Family as a Cultural Setting16
Literacy Learning as Social Construction23
Literacy, Family, and Cross-cultural Living27
2Unfolding the Stories35
Methodological Framework35
Positionality of the Researcher36
Research Sites: The Families and the City38
How the Stories Are Told42
3Yang: The New Boy on the Block45
Introduction to English Literacy at Home45
The Boy Who Cries: Yang Li's School Experiences67
When East Meets West: Yang's Parents on Schooling68
Coda72
4Yue: Tuning to the New Rhythm75
Yue's Chinese School at Home75
Puzzled Parents: What Western Schooling is About?93
From Chinese Monolingual to English Monolingual99
Coda101
5Derin: "I Can't!"103
"Lonely in a Crowd": Derin at Home103
The China-Boy in School112
A Mother's Endless Tears: Schooling for What?113
Coda117
6Amy: "I Want to Learn A, B, C!"119
Amy's World: Emergent Literacy119
Amy's First Encounter with School127
Coda128
7Home Literacy: What It Is and What It Means129
The Nature of Home Literacy Practices129
Home Environment and Literacy Development132
Social Integration and Literacy Development141
Media and Literacy147
Coda152
8The Meaning of Schooling in a Cross-cultural Context155
Home-School Connection: What Does it Mean?155
Cultural Values and Schooling156
Socio-economic Status and School Performance158
Stereotypes, First Language, and ESL Children162
The Missing Link and Cross-cultural Learning164
Coda165
9Back to the School Setting and Beyond: Learning from the Children167
Rethinking School Literacy167
A New Approach to Parental Involvement175
ESL Policy and Immigrant Children186
A Concluding Note188
Epilogue: The Journey Continues191
Appendix AResearch Methods193
The Pilot Study193
Data Collection193
Data Analysis196
Ethical Considerations197
Subjectivity, Gender Role, and Power Relations198
Summary201
Bibliography203
Index219

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