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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."

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Dissertation Information

Title: The Educational and Occupational Aspirations of Sikh Young Adults: Discourses and constructions of parents, teachers and young adults Add Dissertation
Author: Bikram Brar Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of Bradford, PhD in Social Psychology of Education
Completed in: 2011
Linguistic Subfield(s): Not Applicable;
Director(s): Ian Burkitt
Paul Sullivan

Abstract: At present, there is a distinct lack of research focusing on the
educational and occupational experiences of Sikh young adults in Great
Britain. Instead, research on Sikhs has instead fallen predominantly under
explorations of Sikh identity or under the umbrella term of 'South Asian'
where the various South Asian groups are explored simultaneously. Such
research on Asian groups fails to consider important differences between
such groups and the impact that these may have on their educational and
occupational aspirations and future decisions.

This research study attempts to shed light on this vastly under-researched
area. Drawing on a 'syncretic' discourse analytic approach, focusing on the
nuances of language as well as implications of power, I explore the role
that parents and teachers have to play in the construction of young Sikh
adults' aspirations.

Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten Sikh pupils, both their
parents, their form tutors, heads of year and the careers teacher in a
school in West London. Such a method allowed an exploration of
participants' 'talk', the 'co-construction' of knowledge, as well as
exploring power relationships inherent within such interactions.
Furthermore, there was a greater emphasis on issues of reflexivity - how my
own role within the research had an impact upon constructions since the study is, in part, an auto-ethnography, conducted at my former secondary school and focusing on my 'own' Sikh group.

In conclusion, it is argued that the aspirations of Sikh young adults are
constructed in a complex manner alongside the intricacies of social class,
gender, caste and area of origin.