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ERIC Number: EJ829716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0034-527X
El Libro de Recuerdos (Book of Memories): A Latina Student's Exploration of Self and Religion in Public School
Reyes, Cynthia C.
Research in the Teaching of English, v43 n3 p263-285 Feb 2009
This article is an exploration of how an alternative text reflects the multiple identities of one high school Latina, focusing in particular on her religious identity. In this ethnographic case study, the author addresses three questions: 1) In what ways does literacy activity inside the school, in the form of the science scrapbook, allow for this student to construct her religious self inside as well as outside of school?, 2) How is one student's science club scrapbook a symbolic representation of the struggle between the spiritual and material worlds that she negotiates?, and 3) How does this scrapbook challenge traditional notions of identity and highlight the complexity of presenting a religious self in the public domain? In describing one student's engagement with religion via her scrapbook, the article argues for a more complex and nuanced view of religion, literacy, and identity. (Contains 2 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A