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Alvarez, Steven – Community Literacy Journal, 2017
This article reports from instances of child language brokering among emergent bilingual youths and parents at a New York City after-school community literacy program composed largely of Mexican immigrant families. I argue that youth language brokers negotiated literacies with and for their parents in differing contexts, with different audiences,…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Mexicans, Translation, English (Second Language)
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MacDonald, Michael T. – Community Literacy Journal, 2017
Literacy "sponsorship" in refugee communities is not without its risks and limitations. For potential sponsors, risks include the commodification of refugee voices, while limits include inaccurate generalizations of those being sponsored. This essay draws from a case study of refugee student discourse to discuss how a more explicit…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Refugees, After School Programs, English (Second Language)
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Welch, Nancy – Community Literacy Journal, 2012
Little known about the now celebrated 1912 Bread and Roses strike is that prominent Progressive-era reformers condemned the strikers as "uncivil" and "violent." An examination of Bread and Roses' controversies reveals how a ruling class enlists middle-class sentiments to oppose social-justice arguments and defend a civil…
Descriptors: Democracy, Activism, Political Attitudes, Citizen Participation
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Tomlinson, Elizabeth C. – Community Literacy Journal, 2010
This study uses fieldwork to investigate the sponsorship of legal literacy within a court mediation program. This examination of institutional involvement in literacy sponsorship demonstrates the ideological nature of literacy by showing the importance of context, investigating literacy-based relationships, and uncovering the intertwined nature of…
Descriptors: Community Organizations, Adult Literacy, Information Literacy, Courts
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Gindlesparger, Kathryn Johnson – Community Literacy Journal, 2010
This ethnographic study argues that reciprocity--the attempt to equalize the power dynamics that occur in working relationships--is a way to counteract the widely-used but rarely-critiqued deficit models that dominate the nonprofit landscape. If community work is not done with a near constant attention to power dynamics, programming that is…
Descriptors: Power Structure, Relationship, Community Programs, Nonprofit Organizations
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Godbee, Beth – Community Literacy Journal, 2009
In this qualitative case study of one tutoring relationship, I present new data on the extracurriculum; investigate tutoring as it occurs in community spaces; and argue that individuals can connect across systematic inequalities through personal conversations around picture books, photographs, and other visual and textual materials. Rather than…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Tutoring, Picture Books, Qualitative Research
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Zwerling, Philip – Community Literacy Journal, 2009
Hidalgo County, Texas, is one of the poorest in the country. The population in the Lower Rio Grande Valley is 85% Mexican-American. Underprepared for college and juggling full time jobs, their own children, and sometimes dysfunctional extended families, students often do not expect to succeed. I recently taught a Creative Writing course which…
Descriptors: Social Problems, Creative Writing, Service Learning, Mexican Americans
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Locklear, Erica Abrams – Community Literacy Journal, 2007
Linda Scott DeRosier's autobiographical accounts of literacy attainment in "Creeker: A Woman's Journey" and "Songs of Life and Grace" reveal that entrance into a secondary discourse community via literacy can bring both pleasure and pain. Analyzing the identity negotiations DeRosier encounters reveals that although she…
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Discourse Communities, Literacy, Educational Attainment
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Preston, Jacqueline – Community Literacy Journal, 2007
This article revisits the debate between cultural and critical literacy through ethnography challenging popular academic views in education and literacy. Set in a preschool classroom at the inception of the "No Child Left Behind" initiative, this essay focuses on teaching assistant Marylou Anderson. Her experiences growing up in…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Aides, Subcultures
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Cline, Andrew R. – Community Literacy Journal, 2006
Integrity is commonly conflated with basic literacy in assessments of the skills workers need. This case study of a word-based character education program in Springfield, Missouri examines how business leaders may blame a lack of skills by employees on a lack of moral literacy. The premise of this essay is that the expression of a literacy program…
Descriptors: Literacy, Values Education, Community Programs, Integrity