Language-in-education policies in the South Pacific: some possibilities for consideration

Mangubhai, Francis (2002) Language-in-education policies in the South Pacific: some possibilities for consideration. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 23 (6). pp. 490-511. ISSN 0143-4632

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Language-in-education policies in the South Pacific have arisen out of historical circumstances of the countries and have been largely de facto 'policies' that have tended to emphasise a metropolitan high status language to the comparative neglect of the development of the indigenous languages. This paper discusses research related to bilingual education as a means of providing background information for policy makers, and then discusses a number of bilingual education models. With this background, the paper then suggests separate models of language-in-education policies for the Melanesian, Micronesian/Polynesian parts of the South Pacific and for Fiji. It concludes with a suggestion how such poicy making might proceed so that both costs and fear of the new can be contained.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2003 F. Mangubhai. Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:31
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2013 06:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: bilingual education; multilingualism; educational policy; language planning; language of instruction; South Pacific education
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160506 Education Policy
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200320 Pacific Languages
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950202 Languages and Literacy
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/01434630208666482

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