Intersecting Newcomer Families’ Narratives on Landscapes in Transition

  • Shijing Xu
Part of the Intercultural Reciprocal Learning in Chinese and Western Education book series (IRLCWE)


To achieve a narrative grip on newcomer families’ stories, Connelly and Clandinin’s (Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 1(1), 73–85.1995) notion of landscapes of experience was adopted and further developed to capture the experiential richness and the fluidity of the changing world in which newcomers live. Landscapes in transition is a term that imagines multidimensional, multifaceted, inclusive, and fluid interpretations of experience. The term captures the dimensions in which people move physically and conceptually, personally, and socially. The ideas of individualism and communitarianism and the philosophical notions of Confucian Continuity of Being and Deweyian Continuity of Knowing provide the philosophical/cultural structure for the metaphorical bridge between the East and the West. The educational lives of newcomer children and their families demonstrate the potential and power of reciprocal learning.


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  • Shijing Xu
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  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of WindsorWindsorCanada

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