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Parents, Personalities and Power

Welsh-medium Schools in South-east Wales

In Parents, Personalities and Power, Huw S. Thomas and Colin H. Williams draw on research conducted at the Language, Policy, and Planning Research Unit of the School of Welsh, Cardiff University, to examine the implementation of current education policies in medium schools in Southeast Wales, looking in particular at the growth of bilingual education. The book will appeal to those who share an interest in social developments in Welsh and European education.

320 pages | 28 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2013

Education: Education--General Studies

Language and Linguistics: Anthropological/Sociological Aspects of Language

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“This well-balanced and detailed study of the involvement of government and parents in the successful growth of Welsh-medium school in southeast Wales is a major contribution to our understanding of the possibilities of bilingual education and how it may be achieved. It adds Welsh-medium schools to the classic cases of successful parental intervention—the revitalization of Hebrew in the farming villages of Ottoman Palestine around 1890, the development of French-immersion classes in English-speaking schools in Québec in the 1960s, and the regeneration of Maori through the grassroots language nests of New Zealand in the 1980s.”

Bernard Spolsky, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

“With this book, grassroots movements and especially the agency of parents take central stage. It is a tribute to the important role that Welsh parents have had in the construction of Welsh-medium education, but it offers also a multilayered 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. It offers hope for the continued engagement of parents and grassroots movements, as Welsh-medium education becomes mainstreamed and professionalized.”

Ofelia Garcia, Graduate Center, CUNY

“Language revival is born out of the passion, commitment, and mobilization of minority language communities themselves. These communities are in turn based on activities, parents, teachers, and students. This remarkably rich volume on Welsh-language schooling in southeast Wales highlights the key policy and political developments, and the key people involved in them, that have seen Cymraeg return not only as a language of educational instruction but also as a language of the wider civic realm.”

Stephen May, University of Auckland

Table of Contents

      Colin Baker
Preface and acknowledgements
      Colin H. Williams
List of maps and tables
Maps showing location of Welsh-medium schools in south-east Wales
Notes on contributors
Glossary of terms

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


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