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WCE Faculty Author Books Giving Voice to “Hidden Voices”

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Marta Sánchez, Jeremy Hilburn and Donna DeGennaro have authored new books on the experiences of immigrant families and indigenous youth. The Watson College faculty members hope their books will help educators and others navigate the terrains of schooling with diverse populations of students in the U.S. and abroad.

Fathering Within and Beyond the Failures of the State with Imagination, Work and Love: The Case of the Mexican Father by Marta Sánchez explores the experiences of immigrant families split because of the border. Through a series of interviews with fathers living and working in the U.S., and mothers and children residing in Mexico, she paints a picture of the challenges families face and the innovative ways they find to share responsibilities and remain connected. Sánchez hopes the book will help teachers, social service agencies, and others who work with immigrant children and families better understand the sometimes hidden complexities in families’ lives.

Sánchez is an assistant professor in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education at the Watson College. Sense Publishers published the book in January 2017. It is the seventh book in the series, Breakthroughs in the Socialization of Education.

Jeremy Hilburn is co-editor of Immigration and Education in North Carolina: The Challenges and Responses in a New Gateway State, with Xue Lan Rong of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also author of two book chapters. The book examines programs, policies and practices related to immigration and education in the state of North Carolina. The book brings together the work of 17 scholars and studies that collectively illustrate the intersections between historical contexts (geopolitical, historical constraints); structural factors (power, policies and laws, institutions and organization); cultural issues (philosophies, ideologies, identities, beliefs, values and traditions); and immigrant students’ characteristics on the development of educational practices, policies, reforms and resistance. The authors and editors hope this in-depth look at how North Carolina education systems and actors adapt to meet challenges may offer valuable opportunities for researchers to understand the transformation of educational systems in other new gateway states.

Hilburn is an assistant professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades and Special Education at the Watson College. Sense Publishers published the book in January 2017. It is the sixth book in the series, Breakthroughs in the Socialization of Education.

Donna DeGennaro is author of Designing Critical and Creative Learning with Indigenous Youth. Her work focuses on shifting the idea of how learning happens and ways to create environments that foster learning through connections with local communities and cultural knowledge. DeGennaro describes her work as emergent and organic. Her book traces events leading to the creation of Unlocking Silent Histories, an organization she founded in 2012 to build on work she began in Guatemala to help indigenous youth thrive by providing opportunities for critical thinking and creative media expression. For educators in North Carolina and globally, the book offers both theoretical understanding and a framework for working with indigenous youth.

DeGennaro is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at the Watson College. Sense Publishers published the book in the series Bold Visions in Educational Research in 2016.

All three books are available through Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.