Home-School Connections in a Multicultural Society

Learning From and With Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families

Edited by Maria Luiza Dantas, Patrick C. Manyak

© 2009 – Routledge

296 pages

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About the Book

Educators everywhere confront critical issues related to families, schooling, and teaching in diverse settings. Directly addressing this reality, Home-School Connections in a Multicultural Society shows pre-service and practicing teachers how to recognize and build on the rich resources for enhancing school learning that exist within culturally and linguistically diverse families.

Combining engaging cases and relevant key concepts with thought-provoking pedagogical features, this valuable resource for educators at all levels:

  • Provides detailed portraits of diverse families that highlight their unique cultural practices related to schooling and the challenges that their children face in school settings
  • Introduces key sociocultural and ethnographic concepts, in ways that are both accessible and challenging, and applies these concepts as lenses through which to examine the portraits
  • Shows how teachers and researchers have worked with diverse families to build positive relationships and develop learning activities that incorporate children’s unique experiences and resources

Disrupting deficit assumptions about the experiences and knowledge that culturally and linguistically diverse children acquire in their homes and communities, this book engages readers in grappling deeply and personally with the chapters’ meanings and implications, and in envisioning their own practical ways to learn from and with families and children.

Table of Contents


Foreword – Sonia Nieto



1. Introduction – Patrick C. Manyak and Maria Luiza Dantas

Part I: Home School (Dis)connections

2. "Lost Boys", Cousins and Aunties: Using Sudanese Refugee Relationships to Complicate Definitions of "Family" – Kristen H. Perry

3. The Impact of Social Dynamics on Immigrant Children's Language and Literacy Practices: Learning from Asian Families – Guofang Li

4. A Mother and Daughter Go to School: A Story of Strengths and Challenges – Catherine Compton-Lilly

5. Discontinuities and Differences among Muslim Arab-Americans: Making It at Home and School – Loukia K. Saroub

6. Building Connections between Homes and Schools – Melissa M. Schulz

7. Fostering Academic Identities among Latino Immigrant Students: Contextualizing Parents' Roles – Lilia D. Monzó

Teacher Commentary – Simeon Stumme

Part II: Curriculum Transformations: Learning with Families

8. Do You Hear What I Hear?: Using the Parent Story Approach to Listen to and Learn from African American Parents – Patricia A. Edwards and Jennifer D. Turner

9. Home Visits: Learning from Students and Families – Maria Luiza Dantas and Michelle Coleman

10. Networks of Support: Learning from the Other Teachers in Children's Lives – Susi Long and Dinah Volk

11. Issues in Funds of Knowledge Teaching and Research: Key Concepts from a Study of Appalachian Families and Schooling – Ellen McIntyre

12. How Knowledge Counts: Talking Family Knowledge and Lived Experience into Being as Resource for Academic Action – Elizabeth Yeager and Ralph A. Córdova, Jr.

13. Respecting Children’s Cultural and Linguistic Knowledge: The Pedagogical Possibilities and Challenges of Multiliteracies in Schools – Maria José Botelho, Sarah L. Cohen, Lisa Leoni, Patricia Chow, and Padma Sastri

Teacher Commentary – Christine Kane and Kim Douillard

Part III: Conclusion

14. Home-School-Community Collaborations in Uncertain Times – Francisco Rios

List of Contributors


About the Editors

Maria Luiza Dantas is Educational Consultant and Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Patrick C. Manyak is Associate Professor of Literacy Education, Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, University of Wyoming.

About the Series

Language, Culture, and Teaching Series

This series of texts for undergraduate- and graduate-level teacher education courses focuses on the intersections of language, culture, and teaching – specifically on how language and culture inform classroom practice. Books in the series are intended as primary or supplementary texts in the growing range of courses that address issues such as, but not limited to, foundations of multicultural education; multicultural children’s literature; teaching diverse populations; foundations of bilingual education; teaching English as a second language; and sociocultural issues in teaching.

The primary objectives of the series are to challenge traditional biases about diversity and about students of diverse languages and cultures, and to reframe the conventional idea of the textbook by envisioning classroom practice as critical, creative, and liberatory.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Parent Participation