Family Jigsaws

Grandmothers as the Missing Piece Shaping Bilingual Children's Learner Identities

June 2017
More details
  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    2nd June 2017
  • ISBN 9781858567839
  • Language English
  • Pages 160 pp.
  • Size 6.125" x 9.5"

This exciting ethnographic study spotlights the multiple identities of three third generation British-born Bangladeshi children in London's East End as they learn with their teachers, mothers and grandmothers.

The book reveals for the first time the remarkable ability of young bilingual children to compartmentalize their learning and become flexible learners. It is the first to show how it is children's interactions with their grandmothers -- who often speak no English -- that most powerfully enhance and extend their educational and cultural experiences. Teachers and teacher educators take heed: these new insights have profound implications for policy, classroom practice and pedagogy.

"Thought-provoking and insightful information for grandparents and those interested in parenting and inter-generational relationships. This work will help build bridges between all those involved in raising multilingual children."

Dr. Muhhamad Abdul Bari, educationalist, author and parenting consultant

"A many-layered exploration and celebration of the special role and value of grandmothers for children as they grow and learn."

Susan LAngford MBE, Director, Magic Me

Foreword by Eve Gregory
1. Setting the foundation
2. Intergenerational learning
3. The participants
4. Exploring intergenerational learning between children and their teachers
5. Exploring intergenerational learning between children and their mothers
6. Exploring intergenerational learning between children and their grandmothers
7. Learner flexibility and what this implies

Mahera Ruby

Mahera Ruby is a Personal Development and Parenting coach, and has worked in various leadership roles in Tower Hamlets for over 25 years.