Kayad, Florence G. and Ting, Su Hie (2021) ATTITUDES TOWARDS BIDAYUH AS A MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION FOR KINDERGARTENS IN SARAWAK, MALAYSIA. In: 2nd International Conference on Education, Social Science, Supply Chain, Engineering, Technology and Tourism (ESSET2021), 27-28 March, 2021, Bayview Hotel, Langkawi, MALAYSIA.

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Currently the indigenous languages used as the medium of instruction in public schools in Malaysia are Iban in Sarawak, KadazanDusun in Sabah, and Semai in West Malaysia. While the medium of instruction in kindergartens is not as strictly regulated as the medium of instruction in public schools, the demand for kindergartens using indigenous languages need to be high enough for the programme to be sustainable. There are presently some Bidayuh playschools and preschools established by the Dayak Bidayuh National Association in Sarawak. The study examined attitudes towards Bidayuh as a medium of instruction for kindergartens among the Bidayuh community in Sarawak, Malaysia. Questionnaire data were obtained from 61 Bidayuh who originated from the Kuching and Kota Samarahan districts. Results showed mixed responses to the prospect of setting up kindergartens using Bidayuh as the medium of instruction but a majority were in support. The participants believed that Bidayuh language kindergartens would provide opportunities for children to learn Bidayuh language and culture, and good moral values. However, 41% of the participants disagreed that it should be for the purpose of providing higher quality education. There were some concerns on the selection of the Bidayuh variety to use as the medium of instruction, curriculum and logistics which indicate the tremendous challenges faced by mother tongue-based kindergartens.

Item Type: Proceeding (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Interactional, metadiscourse, political science, low impact, journal articles
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Language Studies & Communication Studies
Depositing User: Hie
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2021 06:54
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:55

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