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ERIC Number: ED346750
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 64
Abstractor: N/A
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Engaging Students in Their Own Learning: Literacy, Language, and Knowledge Production with Latino Adolescents.
Walsh, Catherine E.
A discussion of biliteracy development for Latino adolescents and young adults in the public schools focuses on the situation in one high school, examining its dynamics, tensions, and possibilities. It is found that while the students in question are often over 16 and taught in high school, they are surrounded by the conceptions, orientations, and relations of an academic setting that has little or no use for lived experience, for linguistic and cultural difference, or for students who do not fit the age-specific standards of literate and intellectual performance. This is in contrast to the approaches of most adult education programs. In this context, knowledge is viewed as separate from the real world and community, with instruction simply emphasizing what students do not know. Instructional approaches used to encourage students to talk, theorize, and write about the contexts and content of their lives in and out of school are examined. The focus of the instructional activities was the creation of a photonovel about a teenage boy's problems. A brief bibliography is included. Some instructional materials and the final project are appended. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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