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ERIC Number: EJ1055680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1741-4350
Not Just "Sunny Days": Aboriginal Students Connect Out-of-School Literacy Resources with School Literacy Practices
Wiltse, Lynne
Literacy, v49 n2 p60-68 Apr 2015
In this paper, I report on a school-university collaborative research project that investigated which practices and knowledges of Canadian Aboriginal students not acknowledged in school may provide these students with access to school literacy practices. The study, which took place in a small city in Western Canada, examined ways to merge the out-of-school literacy resources with school literacy practices for minority language learners who struggle with academic literacies. Drawing on the third space theory, in conjunction with the concept of "funds of knowledge," I explain how students' linguistic and cultural resources from home and community networks were utilised to reshape school literacy practices through their involvement in the Heritage Fair programme. I analyse a representative case study of Darius, a 10-year-old boy who explored his familial hunting practices for his Heritage Fair project. This illustrative exemplar, "Not just sunny days," highlights the ways in which children's out-of-school lives can be used as a scaffold for literacy learning. In conclusion, I discuss implications for educators and researchers working to improve literacy learning for minority students by connecting school learning to children's out-of-school learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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