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ERIC Number: EJ1059108
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Diaspora Literacies: An Exploration of What Reading Means to Young African Immigrant Women
Dávila, Liv Thorstensson
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v58 n8 p641-649 May 2015
This research study explored two young African immigrant women English learners' perspectives on reading, and literacy more broadly, in relation to motivation and identity during a year-long qualitative study at a large, urban high school in the U.S. southeast. Data were collected through interviews and observations that focused on reading practices and preferences in relation to gender, immigration, and school performance. Findings reveal that while learning to read in a new language these students were simultaneously developing literacy in their first languages through autonomous reading practices, including reading native-language texts, and on-line news sources. Findings also suggest that scaffolding autonomous reading may be one way to help newly arrived English learners develop academic and social literacy and foster a sense of belonging in their new communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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