ERIC Number: EJ850959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
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Learning about Students' Culture and Language through Family Stories Elicited by "Dichos"
Early Childhood Education Journal, v37 n2 p161-169 Oct 2009
Teachers' knowing about students and their families is critical to ensuring relevant classroom instruction. The "Family Storytelling through Dichos" approach is explored as a culturally and linguistically appropriate mechanism for learning about students' backgrounds. This article posits that this approach may be a viable one, since it is rooted in the Hispanic culture and language and integrates three critical elements (a) familism, a core Hispanic cultural value; (b) storytelling, a vehicle for exploring families' identities; and (c) "dichos" or popular sayings in the Spanish language, authentic cultural constructs present in Hispanics' everyday oral discourse.
Descriptors: Hispanic American Culture, Student Centered Curriculum, Story Telling, Teaching Methods, Oral Tradition, Jargon, Teacher Student Relationship, Connected Discourse, Discourse Communities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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