Tri-lingual, Community-Based Preschool Education for Indigenous Mixtec Children in California

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Project Description: Children of indigenous Mixtec communities in California face many educational challenges. This project conducts a program that aims to help preschool children of one Mixtec community in California succeed, by bringing the community's Mixteco language and literacy practices into local area Head Start preschool classrooms, by training women of the community through an Early Childhood Education (ECE) class and bringing the women into local area preschools to teach the children.  Data documenting the use of Mixteco among the community teachers and the children at the women’s preschool field sites, and among the children with each other in these preschool classrooms, is collected.  

Undergraduate Contribution: Responsibilities will include assisting with translating between the community women taking the Early Childhood Education class (who speak Spanish) and the researchers (who speak English), and helping with transcription of the interactions occurring among the community women and researchers in the Early Childhood Class, as well as of the interactions occurring among the community women and children at the community women’s preschool placement sites. Also, responsibilities may include data collection at the preschool placement sites of the community women, as well as preparation of preschool curricular materials and data analysis support. The study provides research experience for students interested in research on indigenous and migrant education, as well as early literacy development and preschool education for indigenous Mixtec and Mexican students in California.

Requirements and/or Application Instructions: Students are required to have strong conversational and writing skills in Spanish, be mature and responsible, have junior or senior standing, and have a GPA of 3.0 or above. Fluency in Mixteco or Zapotec is a plus!  The study provides research experience for students interested in research on indigenous and migrant education, as well as early literacy development and education for indigenous Mixtec and Mexican students in California. 

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