ERIC Number: EJ684992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Managing the Mismatch: Enhancing Early Literacy Progress for Children With Diverse Language and Cultural Identities in Mainstream Urban Schools in New Zealand
Phillips, Gwenneth; McNaughton, Stuart; MacDonald, Shelley
Journal of Educational Psychology, v96 n2 p309-323 Jun 2004
Despite New Zealand's reputation in literacy instruction, a major achievement gap has been identified for minority Maori and Pacific Islands children in poor schools. An intervention through professional development of teachers modified instructional practices in beginning literacy instruction. The intervention involved 72 teachers from 12 schools who focused on children in the 1st 6 months of schools. A mixed longitudinal and cross-sectional design was used to examine the effects of the intervention on the language and literacy of 344 children across the age range of 5.0-6.0 years. The children in these schools made accelerated progress and gained higher levels of achievement across a broad band of measures compared with matched cohort groups. It is possible to raise achievement for minority children in schools serving low socioeconomic communities to near national levels.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Minority Group Children, Emergent Literacy, Academic Achievement, Mainstreaming, Literacy Education, Student Diversity, Pacific Islanders, Faculty Development, Culturally Relevant Education
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