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March 21, 2006

Researchers To Discuss Diversity Among Immigrant Children

A group of international researchers will make a joint presentation at the University of Iowa College of Education Wednesday, March 29 titled "Troubling Notions of Diversity for Immigrant Children in Early Education and Care Settings in France and the United States."

The event is free and open to the public and will be held in Jones Commons on the third floor of the E.F. Lindquist Center's north wing beginning at 3 p.m. A reception will follow.

Working from video ethnographic research methods, researchers Gilles Brougere of Paris-North University and Joseph Tobin, Gaby Santiago and Angela Arzubiaga of Arizona State University will present their current research. Beginning with videos shot in preschools in France and the United States, the speakers will introduce a discussion of how early childhood education settings differ in their approaches to the highly contested issues of bilingualism, "best" pedagogy and multiculturalism. The panel will also discuss similarities and contradictions in the beliefs that immigrant parents and teachers in both countries hold about how these issues should be approached.

The talk is expected to generate an important and provocative discussion about spoken and unspoken beliefs and conflicts that arise in the context of educating the children of immigrants. These issues include conflicts about the value of diversity in community, education, religion and language as well as conflicting goals for responding to the demands of citizenship, childhood, terrorism and nation building.

This event is co-sponsored by the College of Education Diversity Committee, the Department of Teaching and Learning, and the Foreign Language Acquisition Research and Education Program.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in this program, or for more general information, contact Gail Boldt, Ph.D., at 319-335-5565 or gail-boldt@uiowa.edu.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, stephen-pradarelli@uiowa.edu.