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

Burnett, G. 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. ISSN 1598-1037

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Abstract

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 Type: Journal Article
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2014 12:55
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2016 09:51
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/7287
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