This research was funded by the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the 2012 Australian Development Research Awards Scheme under an award titled ‘Developing a community approach to supporting literacy for preschoolers in Fiji’.
The project aimed to develop:
- Shared understandings
- Local capacity
- Sustainable community approaches
for supporting preschool children’s language and literacy development in their home languages and English in communities in Fiji with limited or no access to preschool services.
The project was underpinned by a conceptual framework that presupposes:
Children’s language and literacy development are shaped by and serve real-life purposes in children’s social and cultural settings of homes, neighbourhoods, communities and society at large.
That languages and literacies are learned in meaningful situations with meaningful texts in children’s interactions with others and their worlds.
(Harris, 2009; Harris et al 2006; Halliday 1975; Jourdan & Salaün 2013; Puamau, P 2005; Skutnabb-Kangas & Dunbar 2010; Taufe’ulungaki 2002; Watahomigie 1998).