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Conflicts and ‘Canadian’ identities embedded in citizenship education: Diverse immigrant students’ experiences

Author(s) Parker, C. A.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2012  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Creating Communities: Local, National and Global  
Age group -  
This paper presents my observations of implemented conflict and diversity infused curricula, with a focus on social studies and language arts, in three publicly-funded elementary classrooms (Grades 4, 5, and 7), and my interviews with diverse immigrant students in those classes regarding their experiences with those pedagogies. The study focuses on the citizenship learning experiences of first- and second-generation ethno-cultural minority immigrant elementary students (ages 9-13) in Southern Ontario, Canada. In particular, this paper probes how these students, in three contrasting classrooms, with peers and teachers who shared similar and different cultural backgrounds and migration histories, responded to lessons and discussions that were or were not apparently relevant to their cultural identities and experiences. Keywords: conflict dialogue, immigrant students, cultural identity, diversity, democratic education

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