ERIC Number: ED450582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy in Indigenous Communities. Research Series.
van Broekhuizen, L. David
In this research synthesis, notions of literacy from a variety of inclusive rather than exclusive perspectives are presented. Notions of national literacies, mother-tongue literacies, multiple literacies, and bi-literacies are explored. Information and research pertaining to threatened languages, language shift, and language loss is presented, because of the obvious significance these phenomena hold for indigenous communities throughout the world. Furthermore, a number of issues regarding first language literacy instruction are explored, using examples from all over the world. Included in this discussion is status of language, acquisition planning, and corpus planning. Finally, the uses of literacy in a variety of communities and contexts are examined. It is concluded that choices regarding literacy made by indigenous communities are highly divergent. In instances where communities have a true voice, where the choice is not heavily influenced by socioeconomically dominant groups, mother tongues are embraced. For the vast majority of indigenous communities, where such free choices are not available, the language of economics often triumphs over the language of hearth and home. Contains 40 references. (KFT)
Descriptors: Cultural Education, Heritage Education, Language Attitudes, Language Dominance, Language Minorities, Language Skill Attrition, Literacy, Public Policy, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Uncommonly Taught Languages
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
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