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ERIC Number: EJ810924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0960
Illuminated by the Shadow: U.S.-Mexico Schooling and Pedagogies of Place
Bruna, Katherine Richardson; Chamberlin, Dennis
Multicultural Perspectives, v10 n3 p123-132 Jul 2008
Currently, 20% of Gardston High School's K-12 students are Latino, the overwhelming majority from small "ranchitos" in rural Mexico with populations of less than 4,000-5,000 residents. In this way, the presence of Mexicans in Gardston means that there is, numerically, the equivalent to a "ranchito" living right within this traditionally white Midwestern community's periphery. In fact, many would say that Gardston's "ranchito" has a name--El Pueblo. Pueblo is the "shadow" city of Gardston, its source of hands to work the plant, of consumers to build the economy, of children to fill the schools. Yet most Gardston residents begrudge the newcomers and do not see the benefits they bring; their contributions remain hidden. What their lives were like in Pueblo and how, in living as Pueblans in Gardston, they are transforming that community into a dynamic hybrid space, remains obscured, for example, by national discourses of immigration or school "reform." In this article, the authors attempt to illuminate the shadow by sharing what they discovered when they traveled to Pueblo and visited its schools. In contrasting images of schooling en "los dos lados" [the two sides], the authors engage in an analysis about the pedagogies of place embodied in the Gardston and Pueblan schools. (Contains 1 figure and 10 photos.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico; United States