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ERIC Number: EJ1105073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1934-5267
Complicating Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Unpacking West African Immigrants' Cultural Identities
Allen, Keisha McIntosh; Jackson, Iesha; Knight, Michelle G.
International Journal of Multicultural Education, v14 n2 2012
This study presents findings from a case study of 18 second- and 1.5-generation West African immigrants. We draw upon notions of elusive culture and indigenous knowledges to highlight participants' complex cultural identities and respond to anti-immigration discourses through positioning West African immigrant students as assets in American classrooms. We extend culturally relevant theory in order to reflect the heterogeneity of Black immigrant experiences in challenging simultaneously invisible and stereotypical views of African values, knowledges, and ideologies. We call for practitioners and researchers to attend to Black immigrant youth's hybrid identities, indigenous knowledges, and enactments of cultural competence and socio-political consciousness within curriculum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Cameroon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Liberia; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; United States
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