Tag Archives: Multicultural education

It’s a good question

Many moons ago, but in an influential piece of writing, R Bishop and T Glynn write: “Whose interests and agendas is the education system established to promote? In New Zealand Maori people have been denied participation in the decision-making systems … Continue reading

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The academic as authority figure

Sheila Trahar makes some interesting comments on the social and cultural responsibilities attached to teaching students who perceive the academic as an authority figure. She writes: “A critical pedagogic approach seeks to dismantle the hierarchy that creates a power differential … Continue reading

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Ethnicity – K David Harrison

K David Harrison writes: “How many ethnic groups are there in the world? A complete list of them all would have well over 10,000 entries, and perhaps many more. The exact number is unknown and ever changing. Ethnicity itself remains … Continue reading

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‘Expressions of belonging: the effect of acculturation on the rhythm and harmony of mother-infant vocal interaction’

If you like Steiner’s thinking about rhythms at all, you’ll probably like this research, too. Maya Gratier explains that: “A sense of timing is as crucial in non-verbal communication as it is in verbal communication and, for the infant, lays … Continue reading

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Education … for democracy and non-violence…

I loved this essay – it should be a must-read for all educational leaders, and perhaps especially for those in English departments as we come up to 2014 and the anniversary of WWI, which will no doubt spark renewed interest … Continue reading

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Picture books, critical literacy and place

Margaret Zeegers wrote an article some time ago in which she analysed certain Australian picture books for the way they hid or exposed indigenous landrights and indigenous histories. Her interest was based on the observation that many schools are on … Continue reading

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“Ako: being a teacher, being a learner, being part of a learning profession”

I rather enjoyed this paper in which the authors “report on how …teachers [identified as being strongly worth retaining] are faring after four years of teaching, and consider questions such as: Why do some teachers stay in the profession while … Continue reading

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ECE and the validation of ‘western’ views of childhood

Marilyn Fleer writes that: “…what has become valued within the profession of early childhood education is essentially a western view of childhood and development.”[1] She asserts that the institutional structure of western learning, heavily influenced by the organization of factories, … Continue reading

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Teaching in multicultural contexts

Just an aside – I want to read this book! Bilingual and ESL classrooms : teaching in multicultural contexts / Carlos J. Ovando, Mary Carol Combs. New York, NY, : McGraw-Hill, c2012 5th edition Contents note: The Past Catches Up … Continue reading

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Multilingualism, monolingualism and attitudes to language in children’s fiction

In an article written 11 years ago, Gillian Lathey considers the representation of other European peoples in British children’s literature. She looks at how language is used to create character in various examples of British children’s fiction and how foreign … Continue reading

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