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ERIC Number: EJ1002329
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0890-6459
The Power of the Immigrant Narrative
Exposito, Sara
Teacher Education and Practice, v25 n4 p552-554 Fall 2012
For teachers to effectively teach students who enter the U.S. educational system from other countries, they must first learn about the complexity of the immigrant experience, taking into account themes such as race, generational immigration, class, formal education, and language. When these themes are taught through the immigrant narrative, they can inform teachers on how to design relevant instruction for students, and they can provide teachers with the background they need to establish strong relationships with immigrant families. Narrative is a particularly powerful tool when learning about immigration because it demystifies beliefs and opinions and provides teacher candidates with the human side often missing in the larger immigrant discourse. The narrative can provide insight into why some immigrants fare better than others--stories that reveal how education, class, race, and language serve as gatekeepers to higher education and how the land of opportunity can become a place of marginalization and inequity. A theme that has remained constant in the immigrant narrative is that the hopes and dreams of those who remain are often realized through education. This is why it is not enough to teach immigrant students and work with families; teachers must also become advocates through school, district, state, and federal organizations to support and educate culturally and linguistically diverse students. By engaging in the story and becoming a positive force within, new teachers can create a better future for their students and learn valuable lessons about life.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States