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“Why go to school to learn miskitu?”: Changing constructs of bilingualism, education and literacy among the Miskitu of Nicaragua's Atlantic Coast
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International Journal of Educational Development Volume 15, Number 3 ISSN 0738-0593 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd

Abstract

The Miskitu Indians of Nicaragua's Atlantic Coast have been the object of various efforts to educate them, based on different ideological assumptions, especially as to their linguistic needs. This paper analyses the history of their experience of education and language planning within the framework of the ‘new literacy studies’, as a dynamic interaction between opposed cultural constructs. In particular, it explores how this experience affected the Miskitu demand for, and response to, bilingual education from the Sandinista Revolution. Finally, it suggests how Miskitu cultural constructs might be taken into account in the design and delivery of future educational programmes for them.

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Freeland, J. “Why go to school to learn miskitu?”: Changing constructs of bilingualism, education and literacy among the Miskitu of Nicaragua's Atlantic Coast. International Journal of Educational Development, 15(3), 245-261. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved July 19, 2019 from .

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Full text is availabe on Science Direct: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0738-0593(95)00013-S

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