Teachers voyaging in plurilingual seas: Young children learning through more than one language [Book Review]

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dc.contributor.author Matapo, Jacoba en
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-23T19:26:00Z en
dc.date.issued 2017-11-30 en
dc.identifier.issn 1175-0529 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43338 en
dc.description.abstract From the very metaphor used in the title of the book, my attention is drawn to the imagery of rough choppy seas and the skilled and attuned navigator responsible for the sea voyage, so here I ask why the significance to voyaging plurilingual seas? I would like to speak of this from a Polynesian perspective; as for Polynesian peoples, the art of navigation is highly regarded and locates historical, cultural knowledge in embodied forms, connecting land, skies, waters, cosmos, forces and flows (Lewis, 1994). How could such a metaphor help us to rethink the complexities of traversing multiple languages in early childhood education? And why is this particularly pertinent to our early childhood education contexts in Aotearoa/New Zealand? This book invites the reader to engage with the politics of education and the role of language in our early childhood education settings, drawing specific attention to policy, curriculum and the rights of the child to engage in learning that is inclusive of heritage language(s), cultural knowledge, concepts and values. This commitment to the rights of the child is echoed throughout the chapters of the book and notably situates the place of language for children and families together in a network of relations, with centre, with teacher, culture (metalinguistics) and belonging. For early childhood practitioners, the book also introduces key definition of terms, which may help to distinguish the dynamic linguistic opportunities and challenges many early childhood contexts must navigate. In this regard, the book identifies pragmatic and critical insights to teaching and learning with bi/plurilingual children and families. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries The First Years Ngā Tau Tuatahi en
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dc.title Teachers voyaging in plurilingual seas: Young children learning through more than one language [Book Review] en
dc.type Other en
pubs.issue 2 en
pubs.volume 19 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Review en
pubs.elements-id 682276 en
pubs.org-id Education and Social Work en
pubs.org-id Critical Studies in Education en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-10-04 en

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