ERIC Number: EJ823629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Blending Borders of Language and Culture: Schooling in La Villita
Olmedo, Irma M.
Journal of Latinos and Education, v8 n1 p22-37 Jan 2009
This article examines the efforts of a school in a Mexican community in Chicago to help children and parents capitalize on the language and culture of their 2 worlds. It builds on the concepts of border crossings and hybridity, metaphors used to describe the sociocultural and linguistic reality of people living transnationally. Some US communities though far from Mexico, nevertheless experience a border resulting from urban segregation in housing and schooling. The article develops the concept of blending borders to characterize approaches employed by educators who seek to build on the funds of knowledge of Latino families for instruction and community building.
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Mexican Americans, Urban Areas, Cultural Influences, Bilingualism, Social Influences, Racial Segregation, Culturally Relevant Education, Acculturation, Language Usage, Elementary Schools, Bilingual Students, Urban Schools, Poverty, Spanish Speaking, Immigrants, School Community Relationship, English (Second Language), Code Switching (Language), Cultural Pluralism
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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