Generating Transworld Pedagogy

Generating Transworld Pedagogy : Reimagining La Clase Magica

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Generating Transworld Pedagogy: Reimagining La Clase Magica forges multiple lines of theory and practice to address one of the greatest challenges in the 21st century: meeting the educational needs of an increasingly diverse classroom and society. It situates teacher preparation and a new pedagogy as the focal points of a comprehensive approach that meets the cultural, linguistic, social, technical, and ethical demands of a world in motion.show more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 385.55g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 2 Tables, unspecified; 9 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0739186833
  • 9780739186831

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The challenging of entrenched practices and historical perspectives that reinforce hegemonic constructions of teaching effectiveness and student learning are deconstructed through the reimagining of 'La Clase Magica' as proposed in Generating Transworld Pedagogy. Deeply entrenched institutional discourses that perpetuate and privilege dominant constructions of how learning occurs are examined. Specific attention is given to the social construction of processes that reduce learning to linear, Western-imbued representations, and limitations that have been imposed on bilingual learners. Contributors to this book advocate for re-envisioning educational practices by shifting current boundaries, integrating new technologies, embracing indigenous 'funds of knowledge' as valued and legitimate forms of cultural capital, recognizing and realigning communal experiences as inclusive critical reflections of knowledge from diverse communities, and embracing opportunities for student voices to powerfully contribute to the enterprise of their own learning. The historical contributions of ancestors, along with the diversity of context and content emerging through formal and informal productions of knowledge define the space for various stakeholders to contribute to expanding current repertoires of practice that can inform and eventually transform learning, thus 'generating transworld pedagogy.' Summing Up: Recommended. Research and professional collections. CHOICE This critically important volume on the international array of La Clase Magica programs is both theoretically and pragmatically integrative in its scope. It links local knowledge and culture with informal pedagogical activities, and elucidates the program's innovative use of new digital media to engage young people in transformative explorations that enable them to find their place and their voice in the world around them. -- Charles Underwood, University of California, Berkeley Rarely has a volume brought together as rich a set of studies and intellectual arguments that capture the generative nature of the complex worlds, cultural histories, knowledge sources, and transformative learning opportunities created by participants in an educational program. Readers of this volume will engage in a journey that transcends the linear process of most texts as they interact with the differing conceptual perspectives guiding each chapter. -- Judith Green, University of California, Santa Barbara Generating Transworld Pedagogy offers a fresh look at how one can theorize a dynamic system of thinking, being, and acting that is necessary for children who are, or are aspiring to be, bi/multilingual. The authors of this volume urge teachers to consider not just what the children bring with them, nor what the teacher can provide them, but what can spark the social imagination of what could be rather than what is. -- Maria Torres-Guzman, Columbia University This book offers an exciting synthesis of cultural-historical theory, digitally sophisticated education programs, and "sacred sciences"-a worldview based on native cultures. The editors and contributors represent an outstanding group of social scientists and educators whose experience with bilingual-bicultural students is extensive and highly influential. -- Vera John-Steiner, University of New Mexico Generating Transworld Pedagogy challenges fundamental assumptions about the preparation of teacher candidates as well as the intersections between STEM and bilingual learners. This book will appeal widely to all educators and teacher educators, as well as those who are passionate about the importance of transformative pedagogy. -- Norma Gonzalez, University of Arizonashow more

About Belinda Bustos Flores

Belinda Bustos Flores is professor and chair in the Department of Bicultural/Bilingual Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In 2011, Dr. Flores was lead editor for Teacher Preparation for Bilingual Student Populations: Educar para Transformar. Olga A. Vasquez is associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of La Clase Magica: Imagining Optimal Possibilities in a Bilingual Community of Learners, published in 2002. Ellen Riojas Clark is professor emeritus in the Department of Bicultural/Bilingual Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She serves as the Research Coordinator for the UTSA Academy for Teacher Excellence.show more

Table of contents

Foreword: La Clase Magica: An enduring prototype for the new Latin Diaspora Kris D. Gutierrez Part I. Embracing a Transview World Chapter 1: !Adelante! El mundo nuevo: Educating the New Generation of the 21st Century Belinda Bustos Flores, Olga A. Vasquez, and Ellen Riojas Clark Chapter 2: Una Pedagogia Transmundial/A Transworld Pedagogy: Anchoring Theory to the Sacred Sciences Olga A. Vasquez, Ellen Riojas Clark, and Belinda Bustos Flores Chapter 3: La Clase Magica: Creating Opportunities for Transformative Learning Mayra Martinez Avidad Part II. Transcending Borders as Transworld Citizens Chapter 4: Resisting Epistemological Exclusion and Inserting La Clase Magica into State-level Policy Discourses Patricia Lopez and Angela Valenzuela Chapter 5: Unearthing the Sacred Knowledge: Connecting with the Community Lorena Claeys & Henri Munoz Chapter 6: Digitizing El Laberinto: Integrating Technology, Playing with Language and Culture for the 21st Century Patricia Sanchez, Timothy T. Yuen, Macneil Shonle, Theresa Lara DeHoyos, Lisa Santillan, & Adriana Garcia Part III. Enacting Transworld Pedagogy Chapter 7: Preparing Aspirantes: Synchronizing Culture and Digital Media Iliana Alanis Chapter 8: Aspirantes' Consejos on El Maga and the Role of Technology Maria Arreguin-Anderson & Kimberley Kennedy Chapter 9: Latino Children: Constructing Identities, Voices, Linguistic, and Cultural Understandings Lucila Ek, Adriana Garcia, & Armando Garza Chapter 10: Digital Literacies and Latino Literature Supporting Children's Inquires Carmen Martinez Roldan Chapter 11: Chanzas: The 'Probability' of Changing the Ecology of Mathematical Activity Craig Willey, Carlos Leiva Lopez, Zayoni Torres, and Lena Licon Khisty Chapter 12: El Mundo en la Palma de la Mano [The World in the Palm of the Hand]: Bridging Families' Multigenerational Technology Gaps Margarita Machado-Casas Part IV. Evolving through Innovation Chapter 13: La Clase Magica International: Adapting to New Sociocultural Contexts Beatriz Macias Gomez-Estern and Olga A. Vasquez Chapter 14: Iluminadas a traves de Cosmovision: A New Age of Enlightenment for Pedagogia Transmundial Ellen Riojas Clark, Belinda Bustos Flores, and Olga A. Vasquezshow more