Children Crossing Borders
Immigrant Parent and Teacher Perspectives on Preschool for Children of Immigrants
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Russell Sage Foundation
Title Page, Copyright
About the Authors
Preface and Acknowledgments
“Children Crossing Borders” began as an idea for a collaborative international research project in 2002 when my French colleagues, Gilles Brougère and Sylvia Rayna, and I decided to do a comparative international study of approaches to early childhood and care among countries in Europe. ...
Chapter 1. Introduction
At the conclusion of a discussion we ran with a group of nine Mexican mothers at a Head Start program on New York’s Upper West Side, we asked if there was anything they wanted us to communicate to their children’s teachers. One mother replied: “Ask them, ‘Would it kill you to teach my child to write her name before she enters kindergarten?’” ...
Chapter 2. Community Contexts and Research Methods
In the United States, as of 2010, there were 8.7 million children under age eight with at least one foreign-born parent, a number that had doubled since 1990 (Fortuny, Hernandez, and Chaudry 2010). Immigrant families from Mexico, South America, and Central America make up 63 percent of the total immigrant population ...
Chapter 3. Curriculum
Many of the immigrant parents in our focus groups expressed appreciation for the quality of the toys and play opportunities available to their children in a U.S. preschool, some noting that the early childhood education settings in their home country often lacked such resources. ...
Chapter 4. Language
Of all the topics discussed in our interviews with parents and teachers, language was the one that produced the most comments. In focus group after focus group, immigrant parents told us that they were anxious for their children to learn English, but at the same time they worried about their children growing up losing fluency in their home language. ...
Chapter 5. Identity
Immigrant parents brought to discussions of identity a sense of idealism mixed with a pragmatism that reflected their assessment of the opportunities and constraints of the communities in which they had settled. Across our research sites, immigrant parents told us they want their children to become Americans, but also to maintain ties to their cultural roots. ...
Chapter 6. Facilitating Dialogue
As the focus group stage of our project drew to a close, we returned to Riverdale, Iowa, for a follow-up session with a mixed group of teachers and immigrant parents. Up to this point in the project, all of our focus group discussions had been with parents or teachers. ...
Page Count: 162
Publication Year: 2013
OCLC Number: 867739582
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