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Immigrant Students and Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Remembering


reviewed by Lee Gunderson — March 27, 2007

coverTitle: Immigrant Students and Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Remembering
Author(s): Gerald Campano
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807747327 , Pages: 160, Year: 2007
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I am passionate about the study of immigrant students and their success in schools in North America, so Immigrant Students and Literacy, written by Gerald Campano, a Filipino-American teacher and researcher, as a part of the Practitioner Inquiry Series edited by Cochran-Smith and Lytle, was a wonderful treasure to discover. It was difficult to put the book down because it is filled with so many important concepts, notions, and issues; many that this Norwegian-American-Canadian immigrant reviewer believes are essential for teachers and researchers to know. Immigrant students do not do well in schools in the United States and Canada. I have argued that if teachers do not consider culture in their teaching then, "immigrant students will continue to fail because culture is part of identity, and identity relates to how well a student does in school and in society" (Gunderson, 2000, p. 693). Campano's book describes his work as a teacher-researcher... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 27, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13933, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 11:28:14 AM

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  • Lee Gunderson
    University of British Columbia
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    LEE GUNDERSON is a Professor and former Head of the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in second language reading, language acquisition, literacy acquisition, and teacher education. He has served as a pre-school teacher, a primary-level elementary teacher, a reading specialist, a principal and vice-principal in a bilingual school, and a teacher of the learning disabled. Professor Gunderson received the David Russell Award for Research, the Killam Teaching Prize at the University of British Columbia and has been awarded the Kingston Prize for contributions to the National Reading Conference. He has served as Chair of the Publications Committee of the International Reading Association and is founding Chair of the Pippin Teacher's Professional Library. Professor Gunderson is a Past President of the National Reading Conference. He has conducted long-term in the area of immigrant students and their academic and literacy achievement and is currently researching the notion of critical ESL mass in elementary classrooms. His most recent book titled English-Only Instruction and Immigrant Students in Secondary School: A Critical Examination was published by Erlbaum Associates in 2007.
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