ERIC Number: EJ1049151
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
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The MLE Teacher: An Agent of Change or a Cog in the Wheel?
Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, v43 n2 p195-207 Dec 2014
This article examines the role of the multilingual education (MLE) teacher in the mother tongue-based MLE program for the Juangas, a tribe in Odisha, an eastern state of India, and is part of a broader study of the MLE program in the state. For the specific purpose of this article, I have adopted Welmond's (2002) three-step process: identifying culture-specific knowledge about the role of a teacher; examining the state's education objectives that influence teachers' behaviour and experiences; and focusing on the behaviour and experience of teachers at the local level. These three steps constantly merged into one another during the examination of the subject under discussion. The paper recognises that the MLE teachers are not only first-generation teachers, but also first-generation practitioners of MLE, and therefore need to be resourceful and experimental in their classroom practices. However, given the national imperative to achieve universal elementary education by 2015, within the para-teacher framework adopted by the Government of India, the MLE teacher seems to be just a means to an end.
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Bilingual Education, Language Teachers, Foreign Countries, Cultural Influences, Teacher Role, Educational Objectives, State Standards, Teacher Behavior, Teaching Experience, Classroom Techniques, Teaching Methods
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Identifiers - Location: India