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ERIC Number: EJ918315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
Negotiating Worlds: A Young Mayan Child Developing Literacy at Home and at School in Mexico
Azuara, Patricia; Reyes, Iliana
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v41 n2 p181-194 Mar 2011
In Mexico almost ten million people speak an indigenous language. Recognizing the pluralistic nature of the nation, the Mexican Constitution mandates bilingual-intercultural education; in reality, however, the school system typically imposes the Spanish language and dominant culture on indigenous children. For these children their academic success comes at the expense of their own language and culture. In this article we share the case study of Yadira, a Mayan girl living in Yucatan, Mexico, whom we met when she was in first grade. Using ethnographic tools we document the different literacy events in which Yadira participates at home and at school, and how these shape her understandings about print. We discuss how Yadira negotiates between two worlds using informal sources of Maya and Spanish to construct meaning from written language. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico