Learning in a New Land
How do immigrant children and adolescents experience learning in a new land? How are their experiences affected by language, culture, politics, processes of globalization, and more? This seminar addresses these questions, drawing on a variety of texts and experiences. We will read fiction, autobiography, and social science research describing the experiences of immigrant youth, and we will consider the varied perspectives these texts provide. And, we will go right to the source, asking immigrant youth about their experiences. We will do this by initiating pen pal correspondence with New Jersey adolescents, and subsequently, visiting these youth in their classroom. In the process, students will learn qualitative interview techniques for initiating these online and in person conversations.