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ERIC Number: EJ781912
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Between Languages and Cultures: The Triad of Symbols in the World of an Immigrant Child
Nowak-Fabrykowski, Krystyna; Shkandrij, Myroslav
Multicultural Education, v12 n1 p25-29 Fall 2004
Since the symbolization of an immigrant child is created and recreated in a process involving many stages and modifications of behavior, it is important for a teacher to observe and stimulate children. Reaching a satisfying balance may never be completely possible and the child may as an adult struggle all his/her life, but guidance toward such harmonious development and providing understanding and support is the only way to deal with the problem. This article observes that an immigrant child is living in his/her created "symbolic triad" world, the result of struggles and overcoming crises. The "symbolic triad" helps living and interacting in the new world of symbols. The teacher as a cross-cultural interpreter may help children learn to converse and "participate in other children's conceptual schemes." Considering different approaches to teach an immigrant child, it should first be attempted to reach his/her "internal symbolic world," slowly shifting it toward the external one. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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