Alternative Spaces of Learning in East London: Opportunities and Challenges

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Sneddon, R. and Martin, Peter 2012. Alternative Spaces of Learning in East London: Opportunities and Challenges. Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education. 6 (1), pp. 34-49.
AuthorsSneddon, R. and Martin, Peter
Abstract

This article emerges from an ongoing exploration into how British minority ethnic communities in the London area create spaces in community-based programs to maintain or develop their languages and literacies. In London, more than one-third of the 850,000 school children speak a language other than English at home (Baker & Eversley, 2000). This article compares a model of complementary schooling developed by the more recent Albanian refugee community in east London with provision within the long-established Bangladeshi community. Within the Bangladeshi community, it contrasts two examples that suggest that government policy and local political power can impact very differently on the same community in two different locations. The case studies illustrate the way in which communities with different immigration trajectories and geographical locations within east London maintain their identities, their languages, and their literacies in the face of changing government policies and a challenging economic climate

Keywordsethnic minorities; alternative places of learning
JournalDiaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education
Journal citation6 (1), pp. 34-49
ISSN1559-5706
1559-5692
Year2012
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15595692.2011.633494
Publication dates
Print09 Jan 2012
Publication process dates
Deposited20 May 2013
Copyright informationThis is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, 6(1), pp. 34-49 [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/15595692.2011.633494
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