The social construction of urban Fijian childhoods: literacy teaching, Waka readers and children's lives

Burnett, Greg, and Lingam, Govinda i. (2013) The social construction of urban Fijian childhoods: literacy teaching, Waka readers and children's lives. Asia Pacific Education Review, 14 (2). pp. 255-265.

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The article draws on the elements of poststructural theory to explore the mismatches and alignments in language and literacy teaching discourses in urban Fijian primary schools. More specifically, it compares the liberal progressivism of whole language and literacy pedagogies with the culturalism that informs a key reading resource in the teaching of literacy and language. The constitution of urban Fijian childhoods emerging from these two major discourses is then compared with several cohorts of urban Fijian children’s own accounts of their lives. Major discursive mismatches and alignments between these discourses and the children’s own expressed life ways are noted. Where alignments exist between sets of discourses, children’s language and literacy development are more likely facilitated. However, where mismatches occur, there are implications not only for children’s effective language and literacy learning but also for more equitable access to language and literacy pedagogies for all Fijian children.

Item ID: 59031
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1876-407X
Copyright Information: © Education Research Institute, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea 2013
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2021 06:39
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130311 Pacific Peoples Education @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939906 Pacific Peoples Education @ 100%
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