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
ISBN-10:
0791465942
ISBN-13:
9780791465943
Pub. Date:
11/28/2005
Publisher:
State University of New York Press

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

Advocates for a greater cultural understanding of minority beliefs in literacy education and a more critical examination of mainstream instructional practices.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791465943
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
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword
Lee Gunderson

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Literacy Learning and Teaching in a New Socioeconomic Context

1. Literacy Instruction and Cross-cultural Discourses

2. The City, the School, and the Families

3. Literacy and Culture Battles: Teacher Beliefs and Parent Perspectives

4. Beginning Forays in the Battles: Sandy, Anthony, Kevin, and Alana

5. Living through the Battles: Billy, Andy, Jake, and Tina

6. Understanding the Battles of Literacy and Culture: Conflicts and Complexities

7. Learning from the Battles: Toward a Pedagogy of Cultural Reciprocity

References
Index

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