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Nikiema, Norbert – International Review of Education, 2011
This paper documents the new trend towards a first-language-first multilingual model in formal education in three former French colonies of West Africa, namely Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. It compares the sociolinguistic situations, the conditions of the development of multilingual education and the achievements of mother-tongue-medium education…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, French
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Walter, Stephen L.; Dekker, Diane E. – International Review of Education, 2011
In the modern era, the prevailing model of public education has been that of "one size fits all", with private schooling being a small but notable exception. Language (of instruction) was generally viewed as a minor variable readily overcome by standard classroom instruction. As researchers have sharpened their focus on the reasons for…
Descriptors: Experimental Schools, Educational Objectives, Language of Instruction, Outcomes of Education