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Bachelor of Arts
Asian Studies, Educational Studies, Modern Languages & Literatures
Beijing's migrant schools are cheap private schools for the children of rural-to-urban migrants who are excluded from public schools. Ethnographic observations and interviews in migrant schools lead to analysis ofthe local meanings of the global/national model of school in the schools. Because oftheir marginalized status in the city's educational system and the mobility oftheir student and teacher populations, they face challenges in Chinese and English language and literacy education such as the inability to retain teachers, constant movement of students with widely varying backgrounds in and out of the school, and low student engagement in English classes. A preliminary study using educational video games helped show that information and communications technology can extend migrant school strategies to address the challenges in literacy education. However, the challenges will never be completely overcome until the larger social and educational structures that marginalize migrant students and schools change.
Benjamin E. Rachbach , '11.
"Global Schooling, Local Technology: ICT for Literacy Education in Beijing's Migrant Schools".
Alice L. Crossley Prize.