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ERIC Number: EJ1052200
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1747-7506
Traces of Globalised Discourses within and around Spaces for Multilingualism: Prospects for Education Policy Change in Vanuatu
Willans, Fiona
Current Issues in Language Planning, v16 n1-2 p97-113 2015
This paper examines the way language-in-education policy-making in Vanuatu has dealt with multilingualism at three points in the nation's short history: in 1980, as the country gained its independence from Britain and France; in 1999, during a period of intense change across government departments following the Comprehensive Reform Programme (CRP); and in 2010, as Vanuatu looked back on 30 years of independence. At each of these points in time, the analysis of key policy texts reveals traces of globalised discourses of, respectively, the rejection of colonialism, the effectiveness of mother tongue education, and plurilingualism. Each of these discourses might appear to open up space for multilingual education and yet the outcome appears to be the same on each occasion, as the former colonial languages continue to dominate. This paper examines the wider contexts within which these three episodes in Vanuatu's language-in-education policy chronicle were situated. Analysis of the socio-economic and historico-political contexts within which each policy text was produced reveals that the legacy of the dual colonial period remains a barrier in the way of an education system that is appropriate in and for multilingual Vanuatu.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Vanuatu
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