ERIC Number: ED468883
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Genres, Learning about Genres and Learning through Genres: Educating Indigenous Learners.
Malcolm, Ian G.
This research examined how Aboriginal speakers of English in Western Australia used genre in discourse, noting that the genre approach in most Australian schools has tended to ignore out-of-classroom performance and concentrate on changing behaviors rapidly through classroom instruction. Researchers analyzed 200 oral narratives produced by Aboriginal English speakers of varied ages from the lands of the Yamatji and Nyungar people between 1977-00. Speakers discussed topics of their choice. They examined what Aboriginal students in schools had already done in terms of learning genres, learning about genres, and learning through genres when exposed to genre-based instruction in schools. They took separate account of approaches to experience represented in the schemas by which speakers oriented themselves to the reality they talked about and the genres they employed in expressing themselves. Overwhelmingly, the preferred genre was the first person recount. Aboriginal students were accomplished learners of genres in their own communities, independently of what occurred at school. They were less well equipped for learning about genres. They were familiar with learning through genres, though the genres through which they learned were not those valued by the school system. The paper explains what Aboriginal students need to extend their competencies in genres. (Contains 30 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Research Council.; Edith Cowan Univ., Perth (Australia).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia