Journeying into darkness: spatializing Latinx students’ literacy narratives in the in-between

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Tierney B. Hinman (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Colleen Fairbanks

Abstract: This study utilized a narrative inquiry model to explore the narratives-in-construction of seven Latinx students’ lived experiences in a ninth-grade social studies class. Layered and parallel narratives constructed around critical incidents and as told by the student participants, their teacher, and the researcher were used to examine the co-constitutive nature of spaces related to literacy and history teaching and learning. Data were collected over the course of the semester-long course and included class observations, artifact collection, and critical incident think-aloud protocol interviews conducted with students three times a week. An adapted positioning analysis framework was used to examine narratives at three levels, moving from the level of participant talk to that of broader sociocultural discourses. Four storylines emerged from the data that illustrated (a) the ways in which the teacher’s instruction informed student decision-making about learning; (b) how the teacher’s positioning of students determined legitimization of that decision; (c) students’ agentive actions in response to the teacher’s positioning; and (d) the conceptualizations of personhood that emerged. These storylines were then deconstructed using a spatial framework to examine the ways in which the Latinx students’ learning spaces were expanded or constricted. Observed shifts in the borders and boundaries of spaces informed implications drawn for teaching and learning.

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Language: English
Date: 2020
Critical incidents, Disciplinary literacy, Latinx, Narrative inquiry, Personhood, Space
Social sciences $x Study and teaching (Secondary)
Hispanic American high school students
Discrimination in education
Narrative inquiry (Research method)

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