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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820461199
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Rethinking Childhood Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Literacy, Learning, and Cross-cultural Schooling 11
2 Unfolding the Stories 35
3 Yang: The New Boy on the Block 45
4 Yue: Tuning to the New Rhythm 75
5 Derin: "I Can't!" 103
6 Amy: "I Want to Learn A, B, C!" 119
7 Home Literacy: What It Is and What It Means 129
8 The Meaning of Schooling in a Cross-cultural Context 155
9 Back to the School Setting and Beyond: Learning from the Children 167
Epilogue: The Journey Continues 191
Appendix A: Research Methods 193
Bibliography 203
Index 219
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