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ERIC Number: EJ771141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Supporting the Mother Tongue: Pedagogical Approaches
Papatheodorou, Theodora
Early Child Development and Care, v177 n6-7 p751-765 Aug 2007
This paper reports on the development and evaluation of a project to support the learning of the mother tongue by children aged 4-8 years. The aim of the project was to: actively involve and engage children with learning their mother tongue for functional use; involve parents in the learning process and support them in doing so; and increase children's regular attendance at the educational setting where formal teaching of the mother tongue takes place. A program entitled "Learning Together" was developed, drawing on the principles of socio-cultural theory and developmentally appropriate practice that underpin the pedagogical praxis in early childhood. The program was implemented in a Greek community school located in England. The project followed an ethnographic case-study methodology. Its findings are discussed in terms of the implications for pedagogical approaches and practices that might be applicable in similar contexts and situations. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)