ERIC Number: ED455509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Moving into a New Community: Itinerant Fruit Pickers' Children and Literacy Learning.
Although many children change schools during the course of a school year, itinerant fruit pickers' children in Australia often move residences as well as schools on a regular basis, generally attending at least two schools per year. Although research has argued that time missed at school and change of schools is often disruptive to children's literacy learning, educational itinerancy has not been widely researched. Some studies have attempted to measure the literacy performance of itinerant children against their sedentary counterparts, but little research has attempted to identify how itinerant children are constructed as literacy learners. This paper draws on the initial data collected as part of a 3 year study into the social construction of literacy and itinerant fruit pickers' children. Focusing on children who travel between North Queensland and Victoria or southern New South Wales, while their parents pick vegetables in the north during winter and fruit or vegetables in the south during summer, the study is investigating the literacy learning of a group of children who move backwards and forwards between two states, two educational systems and two schools. This paper will show the influence of social and cultural contexts on the construction of the children as literacy learners. Using Fairclough's (1989) context-interaction-text model as a framework for analyzing interview data, the paper will examine one institutional context and the associated broader community context into which the children move. This will allow the exploration of equity issues that emanate from existing literacy policies and institutional practices, as well as the relationship between contextual factors and talk about the itinerant children. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/RS)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Educational Policy, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Literacy, Migrant Children, Migrant Education, Migrant Workers, Social Influences
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia