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ERIC Number: EJ929405
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1523-5882
"Personalmente": Home-School Communication Practices with (Im)Migrant Families in North Florida
Coady, Maria R.; Cruz-Davis, Joel; Flores, Cindi G.
Bilingual Research Journal, v31 n1-2 p251-270 2008
This paper presents findings from a qualitative study that investigated home-school communication practices from two school districts in north Florida. Specifically, this study focuses on communication between education professionals and Spanish-speaking parents who were immigrant and migrant farmworkers. In this paper we use the term "(im)migrant" when referring to families that are both migrant and immigrant to represent the unique characteristics of the group. While prior research has examined communication practices for culturally and linguistically diverse populations, scant research has explored the context with (im)migrant families. Through field notes, home observations, and semistructured interviews, data were collected from parents, school personnel (including teachers, aides, and ESOL district coordinators), and staff from the area Migrant Education Program (MEP). Findings reveal two major themes: differing ideologies of communication, and confounding roles and responsibilities among study participants regarding communication processes and practices. The study found that families that are (im)migrant have unique needs that require nontraditional outreach efforts and communication practices. We discuss implications for education professionals working with this population. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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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: Florida