London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Personal reflection on immigrant inquiry

Author(s) Pacino, M:  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2003  
Editor Europe of Many Cultures, Alastair Ross Ed.  
Language English  
Age group -  
Powerful stories emerged when a team of university researchers interviewed classroom teachers taking classes at a Southern California university. These teachers, immigrants like me, were recipients of an educational grant for Latino bilingual teachers. One woman I interviewed shared a childhood experience in elementary school: When I was a child in Mexico, learning to communicate with my family, friends, and other people involved in my life, language brought me feelings of pride and joy. My first years of language development were very satisfying. At the age of six, my experiences with language changed dramatically! I moved to California ... When I moved to this country I brought my customs, my experiences, and my language. These qualities were not appreciated by the members of my new community. When I used my language to try to communicate with my peers, I was ridiculed. (Monica, Azusa Pacific University, 1995). Listening to this woman's voice led the researcher to wonder about the meaning of research in terms of framing inquiry questions, gathering data, and analysing the findings.

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