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Title A Longitudinal Qualitative Study of the Teaching of Greek as a Second Language in Western Australia under the 'Seconded Teachers from Greece Scheme'

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The ‘Seconded Teachers from Greece Scheme’ (STGS) has been operating in Australia since 1977. Its concern has been with the maintenance and promotion of the Greek language and culture through the secondment of teachers and the supply of material resources from Greece. However, there has been no substantial research on its progress in Western Australia (WA). Therefore, the qualitative study that was undertaken for the degree of Doctor of Education from the University of Western Australia (UWA) aimed to address this deficit, and to inform future policy and practice. Specifically, the study aimed to generate theory regarding how the key stakeholders ‘dealt with’ the curriculum for teaching Greek as a second language under the STGS in WA. The three key stakeholder groups were prospective seconded teachers from Greece, former and currently-serving seconded teachers and staff of the main host school of the STGS in WA, and members of the Greek and wider community. The substantive theory generated provides a new perspective of how the key stakeholders ‘dealt with’ the curriculum for teaching Greek as a second language under the STGS in WA. However, it also has implications for the development of local, national and international policy, practice and future research.

Primary author
Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis

Email
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