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Listening to the Voices of Immigrant Parents in Early Childhood Education

Dr. Joseph Tobin, Arizona State University


November 9, 2009
4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Foster Auditorium

This talk is free and open to the public.

Joseph Tobin is the leader of the Children Crossing Borders Project, a study of approaches to working with the children of recent immigrants in preschools in five countries. In this project, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from England, France, Germany, Italy, and the U.S. are studying the perspectives of immigrant parents and staff members on what should happen in preschools serving children of recent immigrants. The research method is a version of the video-cued multivocal ethnographic approach Tobin employed in his Preschool in Three Cultures studies. In this talk Professor Tobin will show clips from videos his team made in preschool classrooms in each country and present examples of practitioner, immigrant parent, and child reflections on these videos. He will use these examples to demonstrate the challenges of listening to the voices of immigrant parents, to point out tensions between a dedication to progressive practices and a concern for cultural responsiveness, and to suggest some ways to resolve these tensions through a process of parent-staff cultural negotiation.

Joseph Tobin is the Nadine Mathis Basha Professor of Early Childhood Education at Arizona State University. He is the author of books including Preschool in Three Cultures: Japan, China, and the United States; Making a Place for Pleasure in Early Childhood Education; Good Guys Don’t Wear Hats: Children’s Talk about the Media; and Pikachu’s Global Adventure: The Rise and Fall of Pokemon. His newest book, Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited, was published earlier this year.

It is co-sponsored by the Dean’s Office of the College of Education, The Curriculum and Instruction Department, the Education Policy Studies Department, the Education and Behavioral Sciences Library Penn State University, and the College of Education Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee.

If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Karla Schmit: kms454@psu.edu/ 814.863.5521 in advance of your visit.