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Promoting and Supporting Minority Language and Identity
Scottish Gaelic Medium Education
Author(s): Ingeborg Birnie

Explore the role of minority language education in contributing to a sense of identity and place in children, focusing on Gaelic Medium Education in Scotland.

Collection: Education Studies
ISBN: 9781916704312

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How can incorporating minority languages into the mainstream curriculum foster a sense of place and identity in children?

Around half of all languages spoken today are considered to be endangered. Focusing on Scotland’s Gaelic Medium Education as a case study, author Dr Inge Birnie explores the importance of maintaining and revitalising these languages in education settings, and what this might look like in practice. Specifically considering the impact of such education on children and their caregivers in terms of identity and sense of place and space, the book aims to be a practical guide for educators as well as for those interested in minority language acquisition and community.

Ideal reading for higher education students of Education Studies, Cultural Anthropology, courses and modules in speech and language and child development, Multicultural Studies, Indigenous Studies, Sociology, and related courses, this book will also be a valuable resource for classroom teachers and support workers in practice and in training.

Inge Birnie PhD is a senior lecturer in the Strathclyde Institute of Education, Glasgow. She is an experienced educator and has worked in primary, secondary and early years settings, including minority language immersion contexts in Scotland.

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How can incorporating minority languages into the mainstream curriculum foster a sense of place and identity in children?

Around half of all languages spoken today are considered to be endangered. Focusing on Scotland’s Gaelic Medium Education as a case study, author Dr Inge Birnie explores the importance of maintaining and revitalising these languages in education settings, and what this might look like in practice. Specifically considering the impact of such education on children and their caregivers in terms of identity and sense of place and space, the book aims to be a practical guide for educators as well as for those interested in minority language acquisition and community.

Ideal reading for higher education students of Education Studies, Cultural Anthropology, courses and modules in speech and language and child development, Multicultural Studies, Indigenous Studies, Sociology, and related courses, this book will also be a valuable resource for classroom teachers and support workers in practice and in training.

About The Author

Inge Birnie PhD is a senior lecturer in the Strathclyde Institute of Education, Glasgow. She is an experienced educator and has worked in primary, secondary and early years settings, including minority language immersion contexts in Scotland.

About Open License

Open Access License

This book is slated to be published under an open license. You will be free to use it under the terms of the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International license (CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0). Any unauthorized use outside of this license is a violation of applicable copyright laws.

Open Access Policy

We believe in equity and transparency with our partners, so we use a different approach to funding open access books. 

  • 5% of all sales is set aside and pooled to fund author-choice open access publishing.
  • Every 6 months we track (and publish publicly) our average cost of production.

Open Access Books

  1. Advocating for Queer and BIPOC Survivors of Rape at Public Universities by Taylor Waits, Kimiya Factory, and Coreen Hale

Open Access Approach

Any of our authors at Lived Places Publishing can opt in to having their book considered for open access publishing. If they opt in, they will forgo royalties on the open access products (royalties will still be payable on printed books).

For more detail on our approach to open access publishing, please see our Open Access Policy, which is available in the footer of every page on the website. 

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