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Edmonds-Wathen, Cris; Owens, Kay; Bino, Vagi – Language and Education, 2019
Teaching mathematics in children's first language has both cognitive benefits and assists with developing cultural and mathematical identity. In Papua New Guinea, many different Indigenous languages are used for instruction in elementary schools and teachers often need to identify or develop mathematics terminology themselves. Building on prior…
Descriptors: Native Language, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Children
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Franken, Margaret; August, Matilda – Language and Education, 2011
For over a decade, the Department of Education in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has adopted vernacular education as a way of ensuring that the educational experiences of children in schools draw on the cultural and linguistic knowledge they bring to the classroom. In PNG, there are many potential vernaculars--apart from the local languages, there are Tok…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Language Usage, Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries
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Pickford, Steve – Language and Education, 2008
What counts as appropriate and relevant teaching and learning in post-colonial settings is seldom accounted for in terms of "indigenous" or "vernacular" classroom practices. The pervasiveness of western-styled education and curricula means that, for the most part, education by indigenous teachers in indigenous settings is…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Interaction, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods
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Nagai, Yasuko; Lister, Ronah – Language and Education, 2004
This paper explores the effectiveness of initial vernacular education for successful transfer to English. The data is drawn from the personal, innovative experiences of a local vernacular elementary school teacher in Papua New Guinea, who helped individual children to gain literacy skills in the local vernacular. As a result, the children were…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Literacy, Elementary School Teachers, English (Second Language)
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Skutnabb-Kangas, Tove – Language and Education, 2003
Situates two papers on Papua New Guinea in the context of discussion about maintenance and revitalization of endangered languages and about education through the medium of indigenous and minority languages. The articles are "What Is Our Culture? What Is Our Language? Dialogue Towards the Maintenance of Indigenous Culture and Language in Papua…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Language Maintenance, Language of Instruction
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Nagai, Yasuko; Lister, Ronah – Language and Education, 2003
Three local elementary school teachers in the Milne Bay province of Papua New Guinea are trying to determine their real culture and language in order t devise better ways to maintain them. Portrays the experience of these teachers' dilemmas and frustrations, as well as their joys throughout the process of innovation. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Foreign Countries
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Klaus, David – Language and Education, 2003
Suggests Papua New Guinea offers a practical example of how a small, multilingual country with limited resources has developed a package of strategies for dealing with the challenges of multilingualism and using its multiplicity of languages in education as a tool for improving teaching and learning, saving resources, and moving towards education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Multilingualism, Uncommonly Taught Languages
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Nagai, Yasuko – Language and Education, 1999
Presents a breakthrough in the transition from the process of the expatriate-centered approach towards the development of indigenous education in Papua New Guinea. The indigenous people were encouraged to take an active role in establishment of their vernacular elementary school. They were able to syncretize Western values and indigenous values…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Strategies, Community Education, Cultural Maintenance