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ERIC Number: EJ1201419
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0256-8543
Perspectives of Children from Refugee Backgrounds on Their Family Storytelling as a Culturally Sustaining Practice
Strekalova-Hughes, Ekaterina; Wang, X. Christine
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, v33 n1 p6-21 2019
Foregrounding the lived experiences and voices of children from refugee backgrounds, the authors adapted culturally sustaining pedagogy and refugee critical race theory frameworks to investigate how Nepali, Somali, and South Sudanese children from refugee backgrounds whose families resettled in western New York perceive family storytelling. The authors analyzed their perspectives based on interviews of siblings following family storytelling at their houses. The authors found that the children in this study intuitively identified unique ways of family telling stories (e.g., remembering and repeated storytelling, narrative structure, and performative nuances) and internalized family storytelling as an important culturally and linguistically sustaining practice. In addition, the children made powerful connections between family and school storytelling practices (e.g., suggesting cross-cultural literacy strategies, identifying common genres, and noticing similar values taught at both settings). However, they also identified challenges to incorporating family storytelling at school, including the loss of native languages and the need for more knowledge of the stories' cultural context among peers. The authors draw implications for culturally sustaining pedagogy and research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York