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Postgraduate Course: Issues in Gaelic Education (CELT11038)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis seminar-based course considers a range of key issues relating to Gaelic education in Scotland, addressing, among other topics:
* the history and development of Gaelic education
* practical issues relating to teaching, learning and assessment
* structural issues concerning the availability of Gaelic provision, including teacher supply
* parental attitudes to Gaelic education and involvement in the education process
* the nature of bilingual education and bilingual pedagogy, with particular attention to Gaelic/Scotland
* Gaelic in further and higher education
* the nature of provision for adult Gaelic learners
* the role of education in Gaelic development policy, and
* the role of education in minority language revitalisation more generally.
Course description 1. The history and development of Gaelic education, 1709-1960

2. The development of Gaelic education since 1960

3. Gaelic education in context: the nature of bilingual education and bilingual pedagogy

4. The role of education in Gaelic development policy

5. The role of education in minority language revitalisation: comparative perspectives

6. Pedagogical and practical issues: teaching and learning

7. Evaluating Gaelic education: attainment and impact

8. Structural issues concerning the availability of Gaelic provision, including teacher supply

9. Parental attitudes to Gaelic education and the role of Gaelic in families

10. Adult and community Gaelic learning: strategic and pedagogical issues

11. Review
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
Students can be expected to acquire a knowledge and understanding of key issues relating to Gaelic education in Scotland, including issues relating to the delivery of education and issues relating to strategic language planning.
Reading List
Baker, Colin (5th edn 2011). Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Fishman, Joshua (1991), Reversing Language Shift: Theoretical and Empirical Foundations of Assistance to Threatened Languages, Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

Grant, Nigel (1996). 'Gaelic and Education in Scotland: Developments and Perspectives'. Scottish Gaelic Studies, 17, 150-58.

HMIe (2011). Gaelic Education: Building on the successes, addressing the barriers. Edinburgh: HMIe.

Huss, Leena, Grima, Antoinette Camilleri and King, Kendall A., eds (2002). Transcending Monolingualism: Linguistic Revitalization In Education. Lisse: Swets and Zeitlinger.

MacCaluim, Alasdair (2007). Reversing Language Shift: The Social Identity and Role of Scottish Gaelic Learners. Belfast: Clˇ Ollscoil na BanrÝona.

MacLeod, Donald John (2006-9). 'Reversing the Decline of Gaelic: The Contribution of Gaelic Medium Education'. Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness, 65, 228-43.

McLeod, Wilson, Alasdair MacCaluim and Irene Pollock (2010). Adult Gaelic Learning in Scotland: Opportunities, Motivations and Challenges. Inverness: B˛rd na GÓidhlig.

MacNeil, Morag M., and Stradling, Bob (2000). Emergent Identities and Bilingual Education: the Teenage Years. Sleat, Isle of Skye: LŔirsinn Research Centre.

MacNeil, Morag M., and Stradling, Bob (2000). Home and Community: Their role in enhancing the Gaelic language competencies of children in Gaelic-medium education. Sleat, Isle of Skye: LŔirsinn Research Centre.

Milligan, Lindsay et al. (2012). The Benefits and Opportunities in Establishing a National Partnership for Gaelic medium Initial Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development. Glasgow: Glasgow Caledonian University/University of the West of Scotland.

Mitchell, Rosamond (1992). 'The "Independent" Evaluation of Bilingual Primary Education: A Narrative Account', in Evaluating Second Language Education, ed. by J. Charles Alderson & Alan Beretta, 100-40. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

MŘller, Martina (2005). 'Bilingualism and writing among Gaelic-medium pupils at secondary level in the Isle of Skye (Scotland)', in Integration of European Language Research, ed. by P. Sture Ureland, 365-402. Berlin: Logos.

Murray, John, and Finlay MacLeod (1981). 'Sea change in the Western Isles of Scotland: the rise of locally relevant bilingual education', in Rural education in urbanized nations: issues and innovations, ed. by Jonathan P. Sher, 235-54. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

NicNeacail, Mairead, and Mac╠omhair, Mata, eds (2007). Foghlam tro Mheadhan na GÓidhlig. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press.

Nicolson, Margaret, and MacIver, Matthew, eds (2003). Gaelic Medium Education. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press.

O'Hanlon, Fiona, Wilson McLeod and Lindsay Paterson (2010). Gaelic-Medium Education in Scotland: choice and attainment at the primary and early secondary school stages. Inverness: B˛rd na GÓidhlig.

O┐Hanlon, Fiona, Lindsay Paterson and Wilson McLeod (2012). Language Models in Gaelic-medium Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh.

Roberts, Alasdair (1991). 'Parental Attitudes to Gaelic-Medium Education in the Western Isles of Scotland'. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 12, 253-69.

Robertson, Boyd (2008). 'Gaelic Education', in Scottish Education, Third Edition: Beyond Devolution, ed. by T. G. K Bryce and W. M. Humes, 235-46. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Smith, John A. (1978-80). 'The 1872 Education (Scotland) Act and Gaelic Education'. Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness, 51, 1-67.

Stephen, Christine, et al. (2010). Review of Gaelic-Medium Early Education and Childcare/ Breithneachadh air Foghlam TrÓth agus C¨ram Cloinne Meadhain GhÓidhlig. Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research.

Stockdale, Aileen, Bryan MacGregor and Gillian Munro (2003). Migration, Gaelic-medium Education and Language Use. Sleat, Isle of Skye: Ionad NÓiseanta na h-Imrich, Sabhal M˛r Ostaig.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will be expected to develop their critical skills in applying theory to the evaluation of public policy and strategic decision-making.
Course organiserProf Wilson Mcleod
Tel: (0131 6)50 3623
Course secretaryMr Alan Binnie
Tel: (0131 6)51 1822
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