1st Edition

Immigrant Children in Transcultural Spaces Language, Learning, and Love

By Marjorie Faulstich Orellana Copyright 2016
    166 Pages
    by Routledge

    166 Pages
    by Routledge

    Grounded in both theory and practice, with implications for both, this book is about children’s perspectives on the borders that society erects, and their actual, symbolic, ideational and metaphorical movement across those borders. Based on extensive ethnographic data on children of immigrants (mostly from Mexico, Central America and the Philippines) as they interact with undergraduate students from diverse linguistic, cultural and racial/ethnic backgrounds in the context of an urban play-based after-school program, it probes how children navigate a multilingual space that involves playing with language and literacy in a variety of forms.

    Immigrant Children in Transcultural Spaces speaks to critical social issues and debates about education, immigration, multilingualism and multiculturalism in an historical moment in which borders are being built up, torn down, debated and recreated, in both real and symbolic terms; raises questions about the values that drive educational practice and decision-making; and suggests alternatives to the status quo. At its heart, it is a book about how love can serve as a driving force to connect people with each other across all kinds of borders, and to motivate children to engage powerfully with learning and life.


    Chapter One: Introduction and Overview

    Chapter Two: Blurring Borders at B-Club: Research, Theory, Practice

    Chapter Three: Seeing with our Hearts

    Chapter Four: A Pedagogy of Heart and Mind

    Chapter Five: Shining Lights in a Globalized World

    Chapter Six: Faces of Globalization: The Community Context

    Chapter Seven: Learning and Love

    Chapter Eight: Transculturation

    Chapter Nine: Translanguaging

    Chapter Ten: Transliteracies

    Chapter Eleven: Policy, Practice, and Possibilities: Imagining Teaching and Learning for a New World

    Appendix A: B-Club Kids Survey Responses 2012-13


    Marjorie Faulstich Orellana is Professor of Education, Urban Schooling Division, University of California Los Angeles, USA.