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Negotiating and creating intercultural relations: Chinese immigrant children in New Zealand early childhood education centres

Guo, Karen and Dalli, Carmen 2012, Negotiating and creating intercultural relations: Chinese immigrant children in New Zealand early childhood education centres, Australasian journal of early childhood, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 129-136.

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Title Negotiating and creating intercultural relations: Chinese immigrant children in New Zealand early childhood education centres
Author(s) Guo, Karen
Dalli, Carmen
Journal name Australasian journal of early childhood
Volume number 37
Issue number 3
Start page 129
End page 136
Total pages 8
Publisher Early Childhood Australia
Place of publication Watson, A.C.T.
Publication date 2012-09-01
ISSN 0312-5033
1836-9391
Keyword(s) immigration children
education
psychology
Chinese
cultural relations
Chinese language
Australia
Summary A multiple-case study investigation of the experiences of eight Chinese immigrant children in New Zealand early childhood centres suggested that the immigrant children’s learning experiences in their first centre can be understood as a process of negotiating and creating intercultural relations. The children’s use of family cultural tools, such as the Chinese language, was a distinctive feature of their learning experiences, simultaneously revealing and extending their exploration of the intercultural practices and their establishment of a sense of belonging. In the presence of Chinese-speaking peers who acted as ‘bridges’ and ‘boundary objects’, the Chinese language was actively used by the immigrant children in English-speaking early childhood centres and, as a result, they created intercultural relations which: (i) bridged the two cultures; (ii) brought the cultures into convergence; (iii) enabled the children to claim group identity; and (iv) battled intercultural constraints. The absence of Chinese speakers, on the other hand, constrained possibilities for intercultural relations. The focus on intercultural relations in this study is expected to lead to educational initiatives to support the incorporation of diverse cultures in early childhood services.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Early Childhood Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30075541

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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