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ERIC Number: ED355481
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Taking Account of the Social Correlates of Literacy.
Mangubhai, Francis
A reason for failure at reading and writing of Pacific children may lie in the social behaviors which children bring to the classroom. A well documented example from America demonstrates that the uses of literacy in two very different communities were related to social factors: literacy was functional in character and enabled the members of the community to fulfill social and personal needs. The same sorts of literacy uses that were found in America are found in the Pacific, with perhaps a greater use of reading skills in the context of religious activities. Typical classroom activities in the South Pacific are frequently quite inimical to the development of literacy other than that of a very low variety. That children can have ownership over their writing is a foreign concept in the Pacific. There are also no social role models for these children in their society. Very few books are available in the vernacular to help children develop a love of reading. School practices can build on the need to make reading less isolating for Pacific children by using more group techniques. If students are not promoted to the next level until there is a sound grounding in literacy skills, there is a greater chance of more success at schooling. Pre-service teacher training has also to change, taking account of the present understanding about reading and writing. For such training to be successful, teachers of vernacular as well as of the second languages have to be involved. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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