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ERIC Number: EJ1099706
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1066-5684
Transnational Mexican-Origin Families' Ways of Knowing: A Framework toward Bridging Understandings in U.S. Schools
Kasun, G. Sue
Equity & Excellence in Education, v49 n2 p129-142 2016
Transnational students and families are those who cross real and metaphoric borders, spanning countries, to engage family and community in meaningful ways. Based on a three-year, multi-sited ethnographic study, I show the distinct ways of knowing of four Mexican-origin, working class families and how the U.S. schools where the children from these families study hardly recognize these ways of knowing. The families' ways of knowing can be characterized as a form of what Gloria AnzaldĂșa calls "conocimiento," or knowing, under three interweaving categories: "Nepantlera" or in-between, bridge-building knowing; "sobrevivencia" or survivalist knowing; and chained knowing, in which families are chained in their knowing to the realities of the U.S./Mexican border and their extended communities and families who also are impacted by the border. The article shows that schools recognize neither transnational practices, such as return trips to Mexico, nor transnational ways of knowing. Educators may strengthen their own ways of knowing and create a more equitable pedagogy for all students if they learn to help co-construct the bridges families such as the ones in this study have already begun to build.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; Mexico
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