Parents, Personalities and Power

Welsh-medium Schools in South-east Wales

Golygydd(ion) Huw Thomas,Huw Edwin Osborne

Iaith: Saesneg

Dosbarthiad(au): Welsh Interest, History

  • Ebrill 2013 ·234x156mm

  • · Clawr Meddal - 9780708325841
  • · eLyfr - pdf - 9780708325858
  • · eLyfr - epub - 9781783160358

Am y llyfr

Cyfrol arloesol sy'n edrych mewn manylder ar y llu o ddylanwadau cydgysylltiedig ar dwf rhyfeddol mewn ysgolion cyfrwng Cymraeg yn ystod yr hanner canrif diwethaf.


This well-balanced and detailed study of the involvement of government and parents to the successful growth of Welsh-medium schools in south-east Wales is a major contribution to our understanding of the possibilities of bilingual education and how it may be achieved. Although intended to advise Welsh parents of the nature of the process, it carries a basic message for all involved in trying to improve educational systems, making clear the important role of parents in sharing in the decision-making process. It adds Welsh-medium schools to the classic cases of successful parental intervention - the revitalization of Hebrew in the farming villages of Ottoman Palestine about 1890, the development of French-immersion classes in English-speaking schools in Quebec in the 1960s, and the regeneration of Maori through the grass-roots language nests of New Zealand in the 1980s. Bernard Spolsky, Professor Emeritus at Bar-Ilan University, Israel With this book, grassroots movements, and especially the agency of parents, take central stage. Thomas and Williams describe the collective power of parent groups and individuals to ensure that schools reflect their Welsh language, identity, and values, while holding high academic standards for their children. Although this book is a tribute to the important role that Welsh parents have had in the construction of Welsh-medium education, the book offers a multi-layered and complex analysis of the future, pointing to some of the challenges of preserving the vision of the past, while innovating for an increasingly diverse and multilingual Europe. The book offers hope for the continued engagement of parents and grassroots movements, as Welsh-medium education becomes mainstream and professionalised. Thomas and Williams leave the world a blueprint for community and parental engagement in sustaining their languages and identities in schools for their children, while awakening our desires for a political vision that would support these efforts in an integral education system. Professor Ofelia Garcia, Graduate Center of the City University of New York Language revival is born out of the passion, commitment, and mobilization of minority language communities themselves. But these communities are based, in turn, on activists, parents, teachers and students. This remarkably rich volume on Welsh language schooling in south-east Wales highlights the key policy and political developments, and the key people involved in them, that has seen Cymraeg return not only as a language of educational instruction, but also as a language of the wider civic realm. I highly recommend this volume to all those interested in Welsh language education and minority language education and revitalization more broadly. Professor Stephen May, School of Critical Studies in Education, The University of Auckland


Foreword Colin Baker Chapter 1             An Act of Faith Colin H. Williams Chapter 2             A Dynamic Profile Huw S. Thomas Chapter 3             The Shifting Impact of Language and Identity Huw S. Thomas Chapter 4             Understanding Power Huw S. Thomas Chapter 5             The Articulation of Power Huw S. Thomas Chapter 6             An Evolving Synergy Huw S. Thomas Chapter 7             Future Prospects for Welsh-medium Education: Reflections from a Recent Migrant David Hawker Chapter 8             Parent Power Michael L. N. Jones Chapter 9             Local Authorities and Welsh-medium Education Geraint Rees Chapter 10             School Reorganization: A Lesson in How Not to Do It. The Case of Canton, Cardiff West Rhodri Morgan Chapter 11             The School Phenomenon: Encouraging Social Language Use Patterns in Welsh-medium Education Jeni Price Chapter 12             Transforming Strategies: Pathways to an Integral Education System Colin H. Williams and Merion Prys Jones

Cyflwyno'r Golygydd(ion)

Mae Huw Thomas yn gyn-bennaeth ar ysgolion cyfun cyfrwng Cymraeg ac yn Aelod Cysylltiol o'r Uned Ymchwil Iaith, Polisi a Chynllunio ym Mhrifysgol Caerdydd. Mae Colin Williams yn Athro Ymchwil ac ef yw Cyfarwyddwr yr Uned Ymchwil Iaith, Polisi a Chynllunio yn Ysgol y Gymraeg, Prifysgol Caerdydd.

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Mae Colin Williams yn Athro Ymchwil ac ef yw Cyfarwyddwr yr Uned Ymchwil Iaith, Polisi a Chynllunio yn Ysgol y Gymraeg, Prifysgol Caerdydd.

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