Education and Linguistic Boundaries in Québec: Student Representations and Pedagogical Reflections from a Critical Perspective

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Education and Linguistic Boundaries in Québec: Student Representations and Pedagogical Reflections from a Critical Perspective
Abstract
Relations between Francophones and Anglophones in Quebec City reflect historical struggles and changing power relations between the groups. Using a constructivist and inter-actionist approach to identity and ethnicity, the authors examine the role of English language schools in intergroup relations. They present findings from two qualitative studies conducted with youth who attended English language schools in Quebec City (one conducted with twenty-nine adolescents and the other with thirty-three young adults), showing how the school system contributes to the (re)production of linguistic boundaries. They point out that the boundaries evident between language groups, as illustrated in student drawings and memories, reflect complex power relations between the groups. Taking into account these power relations and with reference to previous initiatives for addressing intergroup relations, they propose a pedagogical approach that incorporates the tools of critical pedagogy to improve intergroup relations in social contexts such as Quebec City. They argue that pedagogical activities using this critical approach would lead students to challenge power relations and intergroup categorization between Anglophones and Francophones in Quebec.
Publication
Bellaterra Journal of Teaching & Learning Language & Literature
Volume
Vol. 4
Issue
no. 3
Pages
1-21
Date
August/September 2011
Language
en
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Pilote, Annie, Marie-Odile Magnan, and Cynthia Groff. “Education and Linguistic Boundaries in Québec: Student Representations and Pedagogical Reflections from a Critical Perspective.” Bellaterra Journal of Teaching & Learning Language & Literature Vol. 4, no. 3 (September 2011): 1–21. http://www.raco.cat/index.php/Bellaterra/article/view/247255/331140.
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