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Talking books for children's home use in a minority Indigenous Australian language context

Auld, Glenn 2007, Talking books for children's home use in a minority Indigenous Australian language context, Australasian journal of educational technology, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 48-67.

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Title Talking books for children's home use in a minority Indigenous Australian language context
Author(s) Auld, Glenn
Journal name Australasian journal of educational technology
Volume number 23
Issue number 1
Start page 48
End page 67
Total pages 20
Publisher Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (A S C I L I T E)
Place of publication Dickson, A.C.T.
Publication date 2007-01-04
ISSN 1449-3098
1449-5554
Keyword(s) digital technology
minority languages
talking books
Summary Members of the Kunibidji community are the traditional owners of the lands and seas around Maningrida, a remote community in Northern Australia. Most of the 200 members of the Kunibidji Community speak Ndjebbana as their first language. This study reports on the complexities of transforming technology to provide Kunibídji children with access to digital texts at home. The printed Ndjebbana texts that were kept at school were transformed to Ndjebbana talking books displayed on touch screen computers in the children's homes. Some results of the children's interaction around these touch screens are presented as well as some quantitative results of the computer viewing in the homes. The processes of rejecting technological determinism, upholding linguistic human rights of speakers of minority languages and viewing technology as practice rather than a set of artefacts are discussed in this paper. The results of this study highlight the need for speakers of minority Indigenous Australian languages to have access to texts in their threatened languages on technologies at home.
Language eng
Field of Research 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Socio Economic Objective 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
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