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Professor Pauline Harris Seminar

Date / Time: 25 October 2016 3.30-4.30pm

Seminar: Developing sustainable community approaches to fostering children’s multilingual literacies in Fiji

Date: 25 October 2016

Time: 3.30-4.30pm

Venue: TT1.05 Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education, University of Waikato, Gate 4, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton.

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This seminar reports on a cross-cultural research collaboration in Fiji funded by the Australia Department for Foreign Affairs and Trading through the Category 1 AustralianAID Development Research Awards Scheme (Harris, Glover, McInnes, Carter, Diamond, Brock & Neill, 2013-2016). This study has focused on collaboratively developing community strategies for fostering young children’s literacies in their home languages and English, in three culturally and linguistically distinct case study communities – an indigenous Fijian community in a semi-rural setting; an Indo-Fijian community in a rural setting; and a culturally diverse community in an urban setting. Taking a critical participatory action research approach, researchers engaged with families and their children as co-investigators to develop sustainable strategies from within their traditions and contexts.

Professor Pauline Harris holds the de Lissa Chair, Early Childhood (Research) at the University of South Australia, in partnership with the Government of South Australia's Department for Education and Child Development. Pauline has expertise in children's language, literacy and literature; children's voices, participation and citizenship; and matters related to connecting early childhood research, policy and practice. She has several Australian Research Council funded studies, and currently leads the AustralianAid ADRAS Project, 'Preschool literacy in Fiji' Project with colleagues at the University of South Australia in partnership with Ufemia Camaitoga and National Council of Women Fiji.

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