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ERIC Number: EJ1162897
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-8458
Self-Esteem and Cultural Identity in Aboriginal Language Immersion Kindergarteners
Morcom, Lindsay A.
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v16 n6 p365-380 2017
In gauging the success of Aboriginal language immersion education, the focus is often placed on measuring language acquisition and academic achievement. Although useful, these metrics only tell part of the story; to achieve real school success, it is also vital to develop high personal self-esteem that results in a positive concept of oneself as a learner, and high collective self-esteem, or attitude toward one's heritage, family, community, and school. This article describes the impact of Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) immersion education on the personal and collective self-esteem of kindergarteners, and discusses their concept of ethno-cultural identity, as compared to previously studied cohorts of Inuit learners in immersion and mainstream language schools. The results give important insights into not only the self-esteem of children in this immersion school as part of a measure of its overall success, but also the school experiences of Aboriginal children in different cultural, geographic, and educational contexts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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