The school in the Quechua and Aymara communities of highland Bolivia
International Journal of Educational Development Volume 15, Number 3 ISSN 0738-0593 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Drawing on field research, this paper examines the inherently ambiguous position of the teacher and the school in Quechua- and Aymara-speaking communities of highland Bolivia. The traditional school is not only a vehicle for hispanisation, but also plays a key role in encouraging social and cultural change. This feature comes to the fore during patriotic school-focused ceremonies that take place annually in the month of August. Discourse analysis of teachers' speeches is set in the context of a more general discussion of the varying attitudes towards school and schooling held by parents and teachers alike, and the paper will suggest a framework for interpretation of these variations in terms of socioeconomic, cultural and linguistic factors.
Howard-Malverde, R. & Canessa, A. The school in the Quechua and Aymara communities of highland Bolivia. International Journal of Educational Development, 15(3), 231-243. Elsevier Ltd.