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ERIC Number: EJ773807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1725
Using Cultural Identity to Improve Learning
Klos, Maureen L.
Educational Forum, The, v70 n4 p363-370 Sum 2006
Many South-African learners, bringing their particular cultural identity to the higher education environment, find it challenging to achieve the academic literacy required for successful mastery of their studies. Though they want to realize academic success, a cultural chasm may exist between their cultural roots and their academic identity. This article explores a model of academic language support that acknowledges cultural identity to facilitate access to academic scientific content and language. An action research project was conducted to test this model and discover whether incorporating indigenous knowledge in LEA 111 (English for Academic Advancement in Science and Health Sciences) would facilitate mastery of academic scientific content as well as language skills. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa