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ERIC Number: ED508749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 42
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
ISBN: ISBN-0-9018-8139-2
The Impact of Language on Educational Access in South Africa. CREATE Pathways to Access. Research Monograph No. 24
Lafon, Michel
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The role of Medium of Instruction or Language of Learning and Teaching has not received sufficient attention as a factor denying meaningful access to education in South Africa. Yet the majority of under-performing learners are also children who learn in a language that is not their mother-tongue. This research aims to assess how recent language policies have changed the linguistic practices of schools and how this impacts on "meaningful" access (understood as learners' access to the curriculum and therefore broad content knowledge). Interviews and open discussions were conducted with principals, teachers and parents from various township schools located in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng to illustrate the problems. Two appendixes are included: (1) Location of interviews with school principals and staff; and (2) CREATE's Zones of Exclusion. (Contains 47 footnotes.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Research on Educational Access, Transitions and Equity (CREATE)
Identifiers - Location: South Africa