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What is Scots Medium Education

Transformative Pedagogical Perspectives on Home Language Use in Classrooms
Delivering education to children through the medium of Scots language.
Published in Chapter:
‘How Do You Feel About the Language That You Use?': Promoting Attitudinal Change Among Scots Speakers in the Classroom
Claire Louise Needler (Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, UK) and Jamie Fairbairn (Banff Academy, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4075-6.ch008
Abstract
Scots is one of three indigenous languages in Scotland, alongside English and Gaelic. In recent History, it was considered ‘slang', or ‘bad English'. Following legislative and policy changes, Scots is now recognized as a language and is recognized as a valuable part of the cultural heritage and lived experience of many who reside in Scotland. Further, in 2014, the Scots Language Award was introduced, and Scots is now taught in some schools. This chapter outlines a school-university research partnership that aimed to investigate the influence of teaching Scots on pupils' self-esteem and wider achievement. Using Participatory Action Research and creative arts to explore attitudes to Scots in school, the research highlighted the transformative power of home language (Scots) education.
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