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ERIC Number: EJ963747
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
The Politics of a Child Study Team: Advocating for Immigrant Families
Schoorman, Dilys; Zainuddin, Hanizah; Sena, Sister Rachel
Multicultural Education, v18 n4 p31-38 Sum 2011
Educational research undertaken for the public good incites educators who work in under-served communities not only to highlight the educational policies and practices that lead to the further marginalization of these communities, but also to imagine ways in which such hegemony can be countered. This article focuses on an emerging challenge found within immigrant communities as families try to navigate the policies and standard operating practices of educational institutions in the context of special education referrals. That challenge is the accurate classification of students of language minority backgrounds for appropriate instructional support and educational programming, particularly when evaluating for a learning disability. This case study examines the decision making of a CST convened to address the placement of a third grade student of Guatemalan Maya descent in a school that serves a community that is predominantly of low economic status (90% qualify for free/reduced lunch) and of color (only 6% classified as White). Foregrounded in this study is the role that the child's parent plays in the decision-making of the CST. This role is examined through the perspective of the educators and tutors at a community-based Family Literacy Program (FLP) in which the child's mother and her children are enrolled as participants. While this study highlights the marginalization of the parent in the decision-making process, it also draws attention to how collaborations among university professors, community educators, and school personnel might be forged to counter such exclusion, and to re-envision possibilities for equity in education in non-dominant communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Guatemala