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ERIC Number: EJ726561
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug-15
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Translating Policies into Practice: Culturally Appropriate Practices in an Atayal Aboriginal Kindergarten Program in Taiwan
Chang, Cecilia Lingfen
Childhood Education, v81 n6 p355 Aug 2005
This article discusses the Atayal aboriginal kindergarten program in Taiwan, known as the Kui-whai kindergarten program. While teaching a course on "Designing Kindergarten Curriculum" at a teacher-training program in Taiwan, the author realized that she had seven aboriginal preservice teachers in her class; previously she had none. Those students brought her attention to the Kui-whai kindergarten program of the Atayal tribal natives. She conducted an ethnographic study in this kindergarten. During this time, 22 children were enrolled in this kindergarten classroom. Her ethnographic study shed some light on how government policy affects the curriculum and pedagogical practices of this kindergarten. In recent years, the Taiwan government has established policies to support minority education on the island. Critics claim, however, that many factors still pose challenges for aboriginal children and communities. Chang (1997) maintains that the Taiwan government's policy has contributed to both the success and the failure of indigenous education. She discusses the goals of the five projects that resulted from the Taiwan government's policy on the education of aboriginal children. Based on her research at the Kui-whai kindergarten program, she integrates the implications of each of these projects for the children, teachers, and parents in this kindergarten program. Government policies can very well be translated into culturally appropriate classroom practices, but commitments from teachers and parents are also critical to this process. The education of aboriginal children in Taiwan is a vehicle for achieving educational equality for children of all ethnicities. Culturally sensitive government policies can help aboriginal children become contributing citizens. Through their cultural ways of learning and doing, aboriginal students can learn new ways to communicate and interact with mainstream society, gain autonomy in making important life decisions, and build their motivation. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan