Social Justice through Multilingual Education
Dr. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Prof. Robert Phillipson, Prof. Ajit K. Mohanty, Minati Panda
Multilingual Matters, Aug 20, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 344 pages
The principles for enabling children to become fully proficient multilinguals through schooling are well known. Even so, most indigenous/tribal, minority and marginalised children are not provided with appropriate mother-tongue-based multilingual education (MLE) that would enable them to succeed in school and society. In this book experts from around the world ask why this is, and show how it can be done. The book discusses general principles and challenges in depth and presents case studies from Canada and the USA, northern Europe, Peru, Africa, India, Nepal and elsewhere in Asia. Analysis by leading scholars in the field shows the importance of building on local experience. Sharing local solutions globally can lead to better theory, and to action for more social justice and equality through education.
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Useful Tool for Global Bilingual Ed
This book is an excellent read for an academic looking for a grounding in Bilingual-Multicultural education around the world. This book is not intended for a teacher looking to begin combating the linguistic hegemony that occurs in classrooms, but for graduate students looking for a theoretical framework for considering the sociopolitical and cultural implications of Bilingual education.