ERIC Number: ED441421
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
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Immigrant Children Mediators (ICM): Bridging the Literacy Gap in Immigrant Communities.
Chu, Clara M.
Studies and observations of immigrants with limited dominant language literacy reveal their use of various literacy strategies to communicate with and function in the dominant society. One of these is the interpreter strategy whereby immigrants rely on their children to serve as cultural, linguistic, and informational mediators. This undertaking of adult responsibilities by immigrant children is referred to as the reversal of parent-child roles. This paper examines the mediation activities and information needs of immigrant children mediators (ICMs) and recommends strategies librarians can use to prepare ICMs to competently mediate for their family and friends by teaching them how to find relevant sources of information, to critically examine the sources of information available to them, and to consider mediation as a life skill. Partial results of one study and preliminary results of a second study are reported. The first study examined the role of immigrant children as cultural, linguistic, and informational mediators. The second study is currently being conducted; the results of 33 librarians, who are participants of a larger study on the role of librarians and educators as facilitators of immigrant child mediation, are reported. (MES)
Descriptors: Children, Immigrants, Librarians, Library Role, Library Services, Limited English Speaking, Literacy, Non English Speaking, Parent Child Relationship, User Needs (Information), Users (Information)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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