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Shifting in the Zone: Latina/o Child Language Brokers and the Co-construction of Knowledge


  • H. Julia Eksner,

  • Marjorie Faulstich Orellana


In this article we offer a new look at the dynamic nature of teaching and learning as we investigate everyday language-brokering events in immigrant families. We consider how children and adult interlocutors collaborate in the construction of knowledge and examine language-brokering activities as socially situated learning tasks that take place in dynamic zones of proximal development in which knowledge and authority are dynamically reassigned among participants. We present a mixed-method analysis of everyday cognition entailed in language brokering engaged in by three children from Mexican families living in the Midwestern United States. [Zone of Proximal Development, language brokering, bilingualism, childhood]

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