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ERIC Number: EJ1173782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0033-1538
Re-Thinking English Literacy Development in Tonga: A Case Study, 2012-2017
Jurmo, Paul
Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, v47 n3 p215-228 Sep 2017
This article presents a case study of a five-year English-literacy project carried out in primary and middle schools in the Pacific island nation of Tonga from 2012 to 2017. It summarizes why and how the project was begun; the activities carried out by Peace Corps Volunteers and Tongan partners; its objectives; and the products, procedures, and lessons that this international collaboration generated. The project aimed at building Tongan educators' capacities to create, use, and sustain "child-centered" (or "student-centered") instructional and assessment practices; use books, libraries, and technologies to support literacy development; strengthen family and community support for children's learning and literacy development; and increase access by young children and in-school and out-of-school youth and adults to literacy development opportunities. The article concludes with recommendations for actions that policymakers, practitioners, and parents might take to build a more effective literacy development system in their nations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners; Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tonga
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A