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ERIC Number: EJ758033
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0020-8566
Language and Development in Multilingual Settings: A Case Study of Knowledge Exchange and Teacher Education in South Africa
Rassool, Naz; Edwards, Viv; Bloch, Carole
International Review of Education, v52 n6 p533-552 Dec 2006
The quality of a country's human-resource base can be said to determine its level of success in social and economic development. This study focuses on some of the major human-resource development issues that surround the implementation of South Africa's policy of multilingualism in education. It begins by discussing the relationship between knowledge, language, and human-resource, social and economic development within the global cultural economy. It then considers the situation in South Africa and, in particular, the implications of that country's colonial and neo-colonial past for attempts to implement the new policy. Drawing on the linguistic-diversity-in-education debate in the United Kingdom of the past three decades, it assesses the first phase of an in-service teacher-education programme that was carried out at the Project for Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA) based at the University of Cape Town. The authors identify key short- and long-term issues related to knowledge exchange in education in multilingual societies, especially concerning the use of African languages as mediums for teaching and learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; South Africa; South Africa (Cape Town); United Kingdom