ERIC Number: EJ1088390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
The Case of Three Karen Refugee Women and Their Children: Literacy Practices in a Family Literacy Context
Quadros, Sabrina; Sarroub, Loukia K.
Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, v10 n1 p28-41 2016
The lack of research about the Karen, one of 135 ethnic groups from Myanmar limits literacy educators charged with educating this refugee population in public schools. In this case study the authors explore the literacy practices of Karen families when at school and in their homes and within an ESL family literacy program. The case of these refugee families and their experiences are analyzed within a sociocultural theoretical framework along with a focus on literacy adaptation through the lenses of cross-cultural studies, adult and language teachers involved in literacy practices, and literacy studies. Four core themes emerged from participant observation, including adult/parent learners' engagement with memorization, parents' literacy practices through reading texts aloud (recitation) to improve their speaking skills, and parents' use of computers to engage with American media. The study offers important educational understandings of one of the world's least known diaspora.
Descriptors: Refugees, Memorization, English (Second Language), Literacy Education, Ethnic Groups, Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Sociocultural Patterns, Language Teachers, Participant Observation, Second Language Learning, Speech Communication, Cross Cultural Studies, Parent Child Relationship, Computer Use, Family Literacy, Family Programs, Ethnography, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Burma; Nebraska