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ERIC Number: EJ908173
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1175-9232
On Children Transitioning to New Cultural and Linguistic Settings: "When in Rome ... It's Okay to Be a Tourist"
Ballam, Nadine
Kairaranga, v9 n1 p32-35 2008
There may be an implicit assumption amongst some New Zealand educators that minority cultures should assimilate wholly into the New Zealand way of life, shedding aspects of their own culture that conflict with the mainstream. Some others assert that encouraging minority students to maintain their culture, including language and traditions, results in positive academic and social achievement. This paper challenges some of the possible covert assumptions that may be prevalent amongst educators; assumptions that prevent these children from transitioning smoothly into our schools. It outlines the importance of valuing cultural differences, promoting a sense of personal identity and encouraging the use of first languages.
New Zealand Ministry of Education. Available from: Massey University. Private Bag 11 222; Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand. Tel: +64-6-351-3396; Fax: +64-6-351-3472; email:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy (Rome); New Zealand