ERIC Number: EJ1095658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 94
Asian Indian American Children's Creative Writing: An Approach for Cultural Preservation
Iyengar, Kalpana Mukunda; Smith, Howard L.
Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, v52 n2 p95-118 2016
Many children from diverse cultures experience disconnectedness between their home and school. As they attempt to reconcile the conflicts among their multiple worlds, they must negotiate their situatedness in a variety of contexts, i.e., home community versus school, and construct a multifaceted identity. Absent support from school, Asian Indian American adolescents engage in acts of cultural preservation (CP), which, in turn, support their scholastic achievement. This article explores the thematic content of a group of Asian Indian American children's creative writing generated for the "Kahani" Project--a culturally contextualized version of Writers' Workshop. In their texts, the six adolescents discuss the importance of their cultural traditions as tools to contest the various micro-aggressions they experience in school. Data from this study argue for cultural inclusion, not only for those at risk, but also for those students who successfully navigate a mainstream curriculum.
Descriptors: Indians, Student Diversity, Cultural Maintenance, Creative Writing, Academic Achievement, Writing Workshops, Student Attitudes, Culturally Relevant Education, Language Maintenance, Religion, Music, Dance, Religious Education, Interviews, Children, Preadolescents, Cultural Awareness, Social Attitudes, Content Analysis
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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