Beyond School: Digital Cultural Practice as a Catalyst for Language and Literacy

  • Inge Kral
  • Sumathi Renganathan
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Minority Languages and Communities book series (PSMLC)


While enormous research effort has gone into the study of indigenous children in school, in part because research in institutional settings is easier, research in ‘out-of-school’ settings or among youth who have left school is relatively rare. Set against a social literacies backdrop, this chapter fills an existing gap in the language and literacy debate by providing a much needed theoretically grounded contribution to questions associated with indigenous education and language in Australia and Malaysia. We show how through participation in a meaningful community-based digital media project, indigenous youth are transformed into confident individuals who are in control of their own learning and literacy practices. Highlighted here is the manner in which indigenous youth are using digital resources to mediate language and culture maintenance.


Semai Malaysia Australia Informal learning Digital media 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Inge Kral
    • 1
  • Sumathi Renganathan
    • 2
  1. 1.The Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Universiti Teknologi PETRONASSeri IskandarMalaysia

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