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New Literacy Practices of a Kiregi Mother from a(n) (Im)migrant South Korean Family in Canada

From: Community Literacy Journal
Volume 6, Issue 2, Spring 2011-2012
pp. 43-74 | 10.1353/clj.2012.0020



The purpose of this study was to explore one South Korean (hereafter Korean) mother’s literacy practices after she had migrated to Canada for the purpose of overseeing her children’s education. Using a case study method, we focused on language, media, domains, and purposes of literacy practices in Korea and Canada. Data were obtained through two semi-structured interviews, two home visit observations, a questionnaire, and collection of literacy artifacts. The documented changes in the mother’s literacy practices, along with the theoretical and methodological approaches used to document them, offer promising areas and approaches for future research about the out-of-school literacy practices of (im)migrant students.

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