Psychology Research Seminar: Child language brokering in schools

The next psychology research seminar will be on Wednesday 25th March 2015 at 3.30pm in F43.  Refreshments will be available from 3.15pm.

The speaker is Dr Sarah Crafter who will be speaking about child language brokering in schools.  Her title, abstract and a brief biography are available below.

Child language brokering in schools: examining the concept of transition and mediation

Sarah Crafter (IOE), Tony Cline (UCL) & Evangelia Prokopiou (UCL)

After migrating to a new country children often learn the local country language faster than their parents. Consequently, increasing numbers of children and young people contribute to family life by interpreting and translating for family members and peers/friends. They may do more than literal word-for-word translation by also acting as cultural and linguistic mediators between their families and professionals, like teachers, and as such, can be termed child language brokers (CLBs). This presentation will report on a study supported by the Nuffield Foundation that collected data from teachers, and young adults who acted as language brokers in school as children (Ex-CLBs), to examine their perspectives and develop evidence-based guidance on this activity. As well as providing an overview of some of the key findings, this presentation will look at the theoretical concept of transition as three interdependent mediational processes (Zittoun, 2008). The three processes will be (i) identity processes, (ii) knowledge acquisition and (iii) sense-making. This will lead to an exploration of CLB’s positioning of their brokering practice in relation to teachers, the school context, parents and peers.


Dr. Sarah Crafter is a Senior Research Officer in the Thomas Coram Research Unit at UCL Institute of Education. Her broad areas of interest are around children and young people’s identity development and constructions of childhood in culturally diverse settings. Her work is underpinned by sociocultural theorising. As well as studying in the area of child language brokering, her research has encompassed children’s work, young caring, home-school mathematics and constructions of children’s mental health spaces.


About Simone Apel

Researcher Developer for The Graduate School, University of Northampton.

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