Whose Immigration Story?: Attending to Hidden Messages of Material in Social Studies

Eleni Oikonomidoy, Gwendolyn Williams


Sometimes materials used in schools with good intentions can have effects opposite from those stated. Through the microscopic analysis of a parent-student immigration interview assignment on a social studies unit on immigration, this article aims to uncover the hidden story that underlies the questions asked. In so doing, it intends not only to problematize the promotion of a simplistic and outdated narrative but also to use this analysis as a foundation for the development of a counter-narrative of complex and up-to-date attention to immigration. The article concludes with a developing checklist for evaluating existing and new material related to immigration.


immigration, micro-analysis of curricular material, multicultural education

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18251/ijme.v12i2.312

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