the fourth space

those spaces in between life, thinking, the physical world, and humanity

Rethinking diversity: Hybridity and hybrid language practices in the third space



In this article we provide a perspective on hybridity both as a theoretical lens for understanding diversity and a method for organizing learning. We argue that the use of multiple, diverse, and even conflicting mediational tools promotes the emergence of Third Spaces, or zones of development, thus expanding learning. Using examples from our ethnographic study of the literacy practices of one dual immersion elementary school classroom, we illustrate through an analysis of the discourse and literacy practices of the teacher and students in this culture of collaboration, how hybrid activities, roles, and practices can lead to productive contexts of development.

Mind, Culture, and Activity


Volume 6, Issue 4, 1999

10749039909524733 (PDF ARTICLE)



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