This is a report on a one-year action research project aimed at encouraging and strengthening children's Samoan language and literacy learning within an a'oga amata.
It reports on:
- the beliefs teachers held about language acquisition and early literacy
- the action research process
- the changes that occured in the teachers' pedagogical practice
The main approaches to making pedagogical change to strengthen laguage and literacy learning were:
- developing an environment saturated in the laguage and symbols of Samoan culture
- analysing and adding to ways in which teachers interacted with children so that there was a greater capacity for teachers to respond to children's ideas and interests, and for children to express themselves in Samoan and English.
The overarching research question that shaped the study was:
How can we encourage and strengthen children’s Samoan language and literacy learning within the a’oga amata?