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Modelling and close observation: ways of teaching and learning between third-generation Bangladeshi British children and their grandparents in London

Gregory, Eve E.; Ruby, Mahera and Kenner, Charmian. 2010. Modelling and close observation: ways of teaching and learning between third-generation Bangladeshi British children and their grandparents in London. Early Years, 30(2), pp. 161-173. ISSN 0957-5146 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Studies on child development in cross-cultural contexts generally contrast child-rearing practices in traditional or non-Western with those of Western societies. Thus, they show how non-Western communities tend to emphasise the importance of interdependence and collectivism between family and group members; Western communities focus rather on the role of the individual and achievement within a competitive milieu. Similarly, close observation by younger siblings of older children and caregivers who 'model' tasks to be learned are usually concepts referring to non-Western groups, whilst those detailing 'scaffolding' tend to focus on the caregiver/child dyad in the West. This paper questions the value of such binary divisions when studying the learning taking place in the homes of third-generation migrants to the UK. Using examples of children, their younger siblings and their grandmothers in London, it shows ways in which the older generation skilfully syncretises traditional and Western teaching practices and how each child responds appropriately to the tasks in hand.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2010.484799

Keywords:

close observation; modelling; syncretism; cross-cultural contexts; intergenerational teaching and learning

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Educational Studies
Research Office > REF2014

Dates:

DateEvent
2010Published

Item ID:

3539

Date Deposited:

16 Sep 2010 10:12

Last Modified:

27 Jun 2017 09:13

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/3539

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