Cultural Literacy Practices and Imagined Futures of Parents with No or Low Levels of Formal Schooling: Parents and Children’s Perspectives

Principal Investigator: Mario López Gopar
Universidad Autónma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca

Oaxaca has the highest alphabetic illiteracy level in Spanish of the country. Many Indigenous families move from rural communities to low-SES urban neighborhoods in order to provide their children with more schooling opportunities. As they move from their places of origin, those parents construct “imagined” futures for their children. The purpose of this research is two-fold: (1) to document the cultural literacy practices of parents with no or low-levels (first grade of elementary school) of formal schooling from both the parents’ and their children’s perspectives; (2) and to relate these cultural literacy practices to the imagined futures for/of the children constructed by the parents and the children.

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