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ERIC Number: EJ833785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-8431
Authoring Multiple "Formas de ser": Three Bilingual Latino/a Fifth Graders Navigating School
Cuero, Kimberley K.
Journal of Latinos and Education, v8 n2 p141-160 Apr 2009
Drawing from sociocultural and anthropological perspectives, I present 3 case examples of bilingual, Mexican-origin students enrolled in a transitional bilingual educational program in an urban elementary school. By using the theoretical constructs of figured worlds, authoring, and "formas de ser" (ways of being), I examine how student identities were in a constant and dialogic state of formation by the students themselves and others. I discuss how high-stakes testing and other schooling practices narrowly authored students behaviorally, academically, and linguistically--bringing about schooling environments where students' strengths and multifaceted "formas de ser" were all-too-often overlooked. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A