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1 Researching Multilingualism in Complementary Schools Working in and with Gujarati schools: A Teacher-Researcher Perspective Arvind Bhatt Birkbeck College 10 th March 2011

2 Questions I asked myself: Why do I want to do this research? Whats so special about this research? Will there be a conflict (creative/destructive?) between my affiliation and my allegiance? Chi bono?

3 relationships researchers me community cs

4 relationships researchers me community me cs me

5 Some thoughts Insider/outsider dichotomies are difficult to define and defend I used my social self in a complex and dynamic way to position myself within and between boundaries (Mullings 1999) But difference does make a difference, so it must be acknowledged (McCorkel & Myres 2003) Reflexivity is a necessary and essential part of the research process, we must turn the gaze towards ourselves (Creese et al 2009) The new dilemmas facing teachers in linguistically diverse classrooms are similar to those facing researchers…both grappling with complexity and diversity (Creese et al 2009)

6 epilogue The research process was instructive – and enjoyable- both professionally and personally The aims and objectives are well achieved Both the community and complementary schools benefited, though this cannot be quantified As a teacher I gained new insights into my own relationships with researchers, schools and community However, do complementary schools have a future? Has research materially influenced policy, locally or nationally? Over to you……!!??

7 references Creese A, Bhatt A, Martin P (2009) Multilingual Researcher Identities: Interpreting Linguistically and Culturally diverse Classrooms in Miller, J, Kostogriz, Gearon M Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms, Multiligual Matters McCorkel & Myres (2004) What difference does difference make? Qualitative Sociology 26(2) Mullings, B (1999) Insider or outsider, both or neither: some dilemmas of interviewing in a cross-cultura setting Geoforum 30(4)


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