Title

Rethinking normative literacy practices, behaviors, and interactions: Learning from young immigrant boys

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Abstract

In light of the historical failure of boys of color in US schools, this article sheds light onto the ways in which normative discourses of literacy and learning shape the experiences of immigrant boys and how they are perceived and defined as un/successful students. Findings indicate that although these boys"”deemed to be "œat-risk" or "œstruggling readers""”were not knowledgeable of prevalent school discourses and interactional sequences, they had sophisticated linguistic understandings and knowledgeable communicative practices. Yet, "œgood" and "œsuccessful" literate subjects were defined according to how well a child's literacy behaviors aligned with school norms and expectations. Implications highlight the need to recognize and challenge gender-specific and behavioral norms that continue to disadvantage boys whose literacy practices do not mirror normative expectations.

Recommended Citation

Souto-Manning, Mariana, Bessie Dernikos, and Hae Min Yu. Rethinking normative literacy practices, behaviors, and interactions: Learning from young immigrant boys." Journal of Early Childhood Research (2014): 1476718X14548782."

DOI for the article

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1476718X14548782

Department

Childhood Education and Family Studies

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