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Growing together, growing with difference: a metaphor for teaching in a multicultural world

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  • Lucas Lundbye Cone
  • Diane Allen, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA); Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, United States
Today, teachers around the world remain caught in systems of education centered on drawing out the linguistic and socio-cultural gaps in the educational prospects of immigrant-origin children. This deficit-lens is, as we shall discuss in this article, both empirically and pedagogically mislead. Against educational systems intent on perpetuating a story of immigrant-origin children as linguistic, cultural, and economic problems to be dealt with, we aim instead to present a metaphor for teaching that rethinks and reframes their presence as powerful resources for all students alike. In the words of Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim, this metaphor assumes a stance of projective integration: What can our students only learn, think about, engage in, and discuss insofar as they, on the basis of difference, enter the classroom as a space to establish new, diverse, and politically open forms of connections?
Original languageEnglish
Publication year10 Sep 2018
PublisherRe-imagining Migration
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2018

    Research areas

  • Migration, Education, Multiculturalism

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