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

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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 Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Literacy, Learning, and Cross-cultural Schooling11
2Unfolding the Stories35
3Yang: The New Boy on the Block45
4Yue: Tuning to the New Rhythm75
5Derin: "I Can't!"103
6Amy: "I Want to Learn A, B, C!"119
7Home Literacy: What It Is and What It Means129
8The Meaning of Schooling in a Cross-cultural Context155
9Back to the School Setting and Beyond: Learning from the Children167
Epilogue: The Journey Continues191
Appendix A: Research Methods193
Bibliography203
Index219

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