A comparative examination of South Australian primary students' attitudes towards German LOTE and other learning areas
Jung, Janine, Boman, Peter, & Williams, David (2007) A comparative examination of South Australian primary students' attitudes towards German LOTE and other learning areas. Journal of Educational Enquiry, 7(1), pp. 16-30.
One key educational consequence of Australia's decision to commit to multiculturalism was the development and implementation of a policy on the teaching of languages other than English (LOTE) in schools. LOTE was to be a learning area in the core curriculum in all Australian government schools. German was one of the original nine specifically targeted LOTE and by 1997 it was the most popular LOTE in South Australian schools.
Research into students' attitudes towards LOTE has attracted minimal attention despite the acknowledged link between attitude and learning outcomes. The literature that does exist contains some positive findings, but the majority are negative or have negative associations. Three recurring categories of negativity are that LOTE is uninteresting ('boring'), it is not valuable ('irrelevant', 'unimportant'), and it is academically challenging ('too hard').
One purpose of the study reported here was to investigate student attitudes towards German as a LOTE in comparison to attitudes towards the other core learning areas as this is virtually unresearched. A second purpose was to ascertain whether there are any gender differences in attitudes towards German as a LOTE. This is also a dimension that is relatively unrepresented in the literature.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
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|Keywords:||Primary education, LOTE|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)|
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2007 (please consult author)|
|Deposited On:||25 Mar 2008|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:35|
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