NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1131706
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1833-4105
The Construction of Language Value and Legitimacy in Aboriginal Primary School Classrooms in Taiwan
Chang, Ya-Ling
International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, v9 n2 p183-192 2014
This study examines the means by which social actors at one largely Indigenous elementary school in Taiwan resolve the linguistic conflicts arising between official language policies and practical pedagogical practices. Special reference is made to Pangcah, an endangered indigenous language in contest with other languages, Mandarin inparticular, as the medium of instruction. The findings highlight the use of code-switches between languages in the context of the lesson being observed. The "depreciation" of the Pangcah language can be understood as reflective of enduring symbolic and hegemonic dominations, the instability of the indigenous language being a manifestation of Pangcah's limited social status. While teachers may vociferously advocate Pangcah as a means of identity construction, they remain committed to Mandarin. It is suggested that their commitment to Mandarin reveals an internalization of the majority ideology that sees Mandarin as the most advantageous means by which indigenous children can adapt to the larger Sino-cultural social mainstream.
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 530 Walnut Street Suite 850, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Tel: 215-625-8900; Fax: 215-207-0050; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A