ERIC Number: ED377691
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Making Changes: Action Research for Developing Maori-Language Policies in Mainstream Schools.
A study looked at ways in which two New Zealand elementary schools responded to the interests of their multicultural communities through language programs. The schools developed Maori language instruction programs in response to community interest and recently-established national policy. The study's report begins with an overview of the major language issues facing schools in New Zealand, in the context of major change within the educational system. It then describes the principles of action research and this study's approach, of which action research is an integral part. The case studies of the two schools are then presented. They describe the schools and their communities and document the research process over the course of a year of program evolution. A separate chapter is devoted to discussion of difficulties in accommodating culturally sensitive language instruction in a traditional curriculum structure. The final chapter reflects on the formative/action research process and the different experiences of the two schools. It is concluded that the Maori language teaching issue is an urgent one and should not be left to Maori teachers to resolve without support. Contains 70 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Action Research, Case Studies, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Public Policy, Research Problems, Uncommonly Taught Languages
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand