ERIC Number: EJ1089259
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
The Author's I: Adolescents Mediating Selfhood through Writing
McLean, Cheryl A.
Pedagogies: An International Journal, v7 n3 p229-245 2012
This article looks across two ethnographic case studies on immigrant youth literacy practices in order to understand how two 10th-grade, Caribbean immigrant, high-school students use discourses of academic writing to mediate selfhood. Drawing on the concept of writing as ecology and Black Diaspora theory, the study asked the question: How do immigrant adolescents use writing to frame their experiences and mediate selfhood? The adolescents' use of curricular-based writing represents the dynamic intersection of their school, home and community contexts and it becomes the modes of discourse by which they re-inscribe definitions of themselves. Writing as ecology reflects the purposeful, intertextual ways in which adolescents negotiate "self" across intersecting "H/home" spaces.
Descriptors: Ethnography, Immigrants, Literacy, Grade 10, High School Students, Blacks, Writing (Composition), Writing Assignments, Self Concept, Foreign Countries, Ecology, Females, Interviews, Observation
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Secondary Education; High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Jamaica