A sociocultural analysis of language: Extending students' learning and development in a primary classroom
Cumming-Potvin, W. (2002) A sociocultural analysis of language: Extending students' learning and development in a primary classroom. In: 17th Annual Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Forum (WAIER) 2002, 17 August 2002, Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley
Recently, intensified international trade and migration have amplified the profile of Australian schools as diverse sociocultural communities. The celebration of diversity in curriculum has been viewed as necessary for adapting educational institutions to the phenomenon of sociocultural diversity. In Australia, the institutional response aimed at meeting the needs of a diverse population has been characterised by a range of policies and programs at various levels of government. This presentation will provide insights into how policy and practice are related to the learning and development of children in a specific location. Results are drawn from an ethnographic study conducted in the Australian outback, which involved implementing a Language and Culture Awareness Program in a Year 4 classroom. Significant aspects of two case study students' learning and development during the study are framed within a cultural discourse of values and practices. Pedagogical implications are discussed in relation to the teaching of literacy in Australian primary schools.
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