CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Semin Speech Lang 2023; 44(01): 026-041
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-1758802
Review Article

Language and Literacy Strategies for Indigenous Children: A Scoping Review

Mark Guiberson
1   Division of Communication Disorders, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
Christine B. Vining
2   Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, A.T. Still University - Arizona School of Health Sciences, Mesa, Arizona
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The purpose of this scoping review was to describe the existent research on language and literacy strategies for Indigenous children and to establish the strength of strategies described. A scoping review was conducted to locate existent studies that described language and literacy interventions used with Indigenous children. The following electronic databases were searched: PsycINFO, ERIC, CINAHL Complete, Academic Search Premier, Education Source, and ASHAWire. Articles were managed and analyzed using Covidence, a web-based program for review research. Results were charted and a preliminary evidence map was created. Forty sources were identified that described language and literacy strategies for Indigenous children. Strength of strategy coding revealed 5 sources had compelling strength, 5 had promising strength, and 30 had lacking strength. Overall, there remains limited research describing language and literacy strategies for Indigenous children. A preliminary evidence map was created to chart each strategy and sources that included the strategy, and to indicate the highest strategy strength observed across sources. A discussion of compelling strategies as well as strategies that may be culturally responsive is provided.

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17 January 2023

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