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Empowering the Invisible Child: A Narrative Case Study of the Northwestern Michigan Migrant Program

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Title: Empowering the Invisible Child: A Narrative Case Study of the Northwestern Michigan Migrant Program
Author: Torrez, Jessica
Advisor(s): Trinidad-Galvan, Ruth
Committee Member(s): Blum-Martinez, Rebecca
Lopez, Nancy
Cranston-Gingras, Ann
Department: University of New Mexico. Division of Language, Literature and Sociocultural Studies.
Subject: Migrant Education
Narrative Case Study
Bakhtin
LatCrit
LC Subject(s): Children of migrant laborers--Education--Michigan
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: This Narrative Case Study examines the curriculum of the Northwestern Michigan Migrant Program (NMMP), specifically focusing on the program’s guidelines, attitudes, and implications of language instruction. Furthermore, this research focuses on the implications of the NMMP’s services and curriculum for the migrant community. Through interviews with students, administration (on both the local and federal levels), as well as migrant agricultural laborers, the findings reveal the need for simultaneous heritage language (HL) and English language instruction. Parents, students, and staff emphasized the significance of HL in community maintenance and an individual’s relationship to the community, while underscoring the importance of English language development for the student’s academic achievement. As such, the migrant community stressed the need to concurrently maintain and develop both languages. However they also suggested the NMMP enlist qualified Latina/o teachers who have a deep connection to the farmworker community and maintain a commitment to student academic success. All participants agreed that poor communication and an undeveloped purpose prohibited the NMMP from truly becoming a successful learning environment.
Graduation Date: December 2008
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/7630


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