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Feraria, Paulette J
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Department of Educational Studies
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Language curriculum discourse on the treatment of Jamaican creole by education planners and practitioners: Reform or retreat?
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Celebrating Achievements in Caribbean Education: Transformation, Diversity and Collaboration. 7th Biennial Conference of the School of Education, University of the West Indies, Mona
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April 15-17, 2004
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Renaissance Grande Hotel, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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Abstract
Revisits the old adage 'Creole in the classroom' and registers a shift in focus from generalized public debates to an investigation of the offerings in the objectives, activities and approaches and methods in language curricula documents from the Early Childhood Readiness Programme through to CAPE. The research focus is on relationship between what education planners think and articulate about the Jamaican creole in language curricula documents and what practitioners do in classrooms. The findings are beginning to indicate that although there have been changes in attitudes to Jamaican creole, there is need for sustained curriculum support mechanism which facilitates curriculum retreat as practitioners engage in teacher-teacher conversations and in-service education about teaching English in a creole speaking environment.....
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