ERIC Number: EJ1129304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
French Neo-Colonial Influence on Moroccan Language Education Policy: A Study of Current Status of Standard Arabic in Science Disciplines
Zakhir, Marouane; O'Brien, Jason L.
Language Policy, v16 n1 p39-58 Feb 2017
This paper reports the findings of a study on the attitudes of teachers and students regarding the language policy of the Moroccan educational system. Its primary goal is to explain the gap existing between the policy of Arabisation (i.e., the official adoption and utilization of Standard Arabic) and its practical implementation in science classrooms. Conducted in seven public and private high schools in two major cities in Morocco, the study examines the attitudes of students and teachers towards their level of competence in Standard Arabic, the validity of Standard Arabic as a medium of science instruction, and the future status of Arabisation in science disciplines, in particular, and in education, in general. This attitudinal study can be used to describe the status of Arabisation in the Moroccan education system and to elucidate some of the obstacles impeding its implementation.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Semitic Languages, Educational Policy, Science Education, Foreign Policy, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Public Schools, Private Schools, High Schools, Language Skills, Language of Instruction, French, High School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Questionnaires, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Morocco
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