ERIC Number: EJ1171336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Factors Affecting Language and Literacy Development in Australian Aboriginal Children: Considering Dialect, Culture and Health
Webb, Gwendalyn L.; Williams, Cori J.
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v16 n1 p104-116 Mar 2018
Australian Aboriginal children, in general, lag behind their mainstream peers in measures of literacy. This article discusses some of the complex and interconnected factors that impact Aboriginal children's early language and literacy development. Poor health and historically negative socio-political factors are known influences on Aboriginal children's participation and achievement in education. Cultural and dialectal differences are also considered in this article for the effect these variables may have on children's learning, in terms of both the child's ability to code-shift between dialects and the development of the educator-child relationship. The importance of this relationship is discussed, partly because of the valuable communicative interactions that are involved. These educator-child interactions allow children an opportunity to extend their oral language skills, which are essential precursors to literacy development. This discussion concludes with some suggestions for further research.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Teacher Student Relationship, Oral Language, Language Skills, Literacy, Code Switching (Language), Language Acquisition, Child Health, Academic Achievement, Cultural Differences, Nonstandard Dialects, Literacy Education, Achievement Gap, Disadvantaged, Minority Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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