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ERIC Number: EJ1102615
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1461-0213
What Counts as Language in South African Schooling?: Monoglossic Ideologies and Children's Participation
McKinney, Carolyn
AILA Review, v28 p103-126 2015
This paper focuses on the lack of impact on language education of recent paradigm shifts in the study of language and society such as the recognition of the ideology of language[s] as stable, discrete or bounded entities and the reality of heteroglossic languaging and semiotic practices in everyday life. Using South Africa as a case, the paper explores the implications of heteroglossic conceptualising of language as social practice for language education through three ethnographically informed case studies of classroom discourse. I will argue that monoglossic orientations which ironically underpin both monolingual and "multilingual" approaches have wide-ranging constraining effects on how children are positioned in schooling, and on children's participation in classrooms, resulting in a form of "epistemic injustice" (Fricker, 2007). [This article was written with Hannah Carrim, Alex Marshall, and Laura Layton.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa; South Africa (Cape Town)
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