(Re)turning research into pedagogical practice: A case study of translational language research in Warlpiri

Date
2019-10
Authors
Carmel O'Shannessy
Samantha Disbray
Barbara Martin
Gretel Macdonald
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University of Hawai'i Press
Abstract
Speech corpora created primarily for linguistic research are not often easily repurposed for practical use by the communities who participated in the research. This chapter describes a process where methods and materials collected for language documentation research have been returned to speakers in communities; this involves the implementation of professional development activities for Warlpiri educators in bilingual education programs. Documentation of children’s speech took place in four Warlpiri communities in 2010. To make the research results available to educators in Warlpiri communities in an easily accessible way, the researcher produced short videos showing analyses of the children’s speech. These online videos, along with audio recordings and written transcripts of the children’s speech, were utilised by a team of linguists and educators at professional development workshops in the Northern Territory Department of Education. Educators actively worked with the materials, discussed issues relating to children’s oral language development, and identified potential pedagogical practices. Through this process the materials were returned to the Warlpiri community and utilised in an active cycle of locally focused professional learning activities.
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Warlpiri, bilingual education, oral language, curriculum, children
Citation
O’Shannessy, Carmel, Samantha Disbray, Barbara Martin, and Gretel MacDonald. "(Re)turning research into pedagogical practice: A case study of translational language research in Warlpiri." In Archival returns: Central Australia and beyond, edited by Linda Barwick, Jennifer Green, and Petronella Vaarzon-Morel, 139–151. LD&C Special Publication 18. Honolulu & Sydney: University of Hawai’i Press & Sydney University Press, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24881/.
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