ERIC Number: EJ1204914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
The Role of Narrative in Culturally Responsive Literacy Education -- A Collaborative Project in U.S. and Palestinian Preschools
Dajani, Majida; Meier, Daniel R.
International Journal of Early Years Education, v27 n1 p68-81 2019
This one-year collaborative study examined the role of narrative in promoting new forms of culturally responsive literacy learning in two contrasting international preschool contexts. The qualitative project was carried out by a U.S.-based teacher educator and a Palestinian-based teacher educator who examined the benefits of culturally responsive children's literature, child-centred and open-ended questions, narrative-based dictation and art activities, and co-constructed stories between parents and children. The findings indicate that small-scale changes in the use of narrative in literacy pedagogy can strengthen the classroom as a literacy community, foster culturally valued modes of thinking that deepen children's connections to stories, and strengthen children's engagement with a culturally responsive sense of aesthetic representation. The study's implications emphasise the power of narrative to deepen young children's engagement with literacy in contrasting international settings, and the productive role of cross-cultural collaborative research to diversify current definitions of high-quality early literacy education at the global level.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Culturally Relevant Education, Literacy Education, Preschool Education, Story Telling, Learner Engagement, Preschool Children, Cross Cultural Studies, Problem Solving, Art Activities, Verbal Communication, Childrens Literature, Questioning Techniques, Parents
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Palestine; California