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ERIC Number: EJ1250790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1523-5882
More than an English Language Learner: "Testimonios" of Immigrant High School Students
Olivares-Orellana, Estrella
Bilingual Research Journal, v43 n1 p71-91 2020
This article examines immigrant students' stories through the documentation of their "testimonios." Given the high number of immigrant students in public schools, it is imperative for teachers and teacher educators to have an idea of their perspectives, experiences, and identities. In educational settings, "testimonios" have the ability to unsettle power dynamics and position students as knowers. This exploration answers questions Lin Goodwin posed seventeen years ago and felt the need to engage again in 2017. Some of those questions are "What, if anything, is different in terms of who is in the classroom now? Are teachers any more prepared to work with immigrant children? Immigration and immigrants are indelibly woven into the fabric of American history, so any discussion about the education of immigrant children is embedded in an ongoing socio-historical conversation. This article explores the stories of a small group of immigrant students attending high schools in Long Island, a New York suburb that receives large numbers of Central American immigrant youth. Adequately understanding and attending to the unique realities of students with diverse backgrounds is a significant duty, yet a necessary one in order to serve students properly.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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