This study examined art created by non-English language speaking middle school students representing areas and locations in Mexico and South America and who are experiencing diaspora due to relocation to Tennessee. Early findings indicate that elements of present in low rider and barrio art are also present in student samples. These elements include: a) anxiety due to diaspora, relocation, and dislocation, b) strong familial and religious connections, c) gang-related ties, and d) longing. The collaborative project involved middle school students representing areas and locations in Mexico and South American and who are now attending a middle school located outside a large, urban city. Findings from the study will be utilized to inform practice and to provide insight to teachers, administrators, and community members who work with second language learners in meeting their academic and social needs.
|Keywords:||Diaspora, Immigrant Students, Research, Relocation, Dislocation, English Language Learners, Teaching|
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, USA
ESL Teacher, ESL Teacher at LaVergne Middle School, Rutherford County Schools, Murfreesboro, TN, USA
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