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ERIC Number: EJ1093592
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1367-0050
Transitioning from Maori-Medium to English-Medium Education: Emerging Findings of a Pilot Study
Hill, Richard
International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, v19 n3 p249-265 2016
Maori-bilingual education in New Zealand has come a long way towards injecting life into the Maori language. However, only a small number of families commit to bilingual education for the long term. This paper discusses why Maori parents either turn away from Maori-bilingual education or prematurely transition to English-medium schools. It then reports the findings of an ethnographic pilot study of a Maori-bilingual graduate who transitioned to an English-medium secondary school after more than eight years attending Maori-bilingual programmes. The student's transition was very successful, both in terms of acquiring high levels of academic language proficiency and necessary cultural knowledge. However, it was highly reliant on the support and interventions her parents provided throughout her schooling--particularly regarding both English and Maori languages. This article focuses on the student's first year of transition and, in particular, the language and cultural issues that her family had to navigate to ensure her success.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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