An academic from the WISERD (Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data) department at Cardiff University has outlines some initial findings that can be seen in her research on the attitudes of young people towards the Welsh language. Dr Laura Arman specialises in the Welsh language in the context of education and has been measuring and charting responses from pupils in Welsh and English medium secondary schools to different questions about Welsh.
In a blog on WISERD’s website Dr Arman outlines how attitudes towards key questions around the Welsh language, such as its importance to identity and its usefulness as a skill, varies widely depending on the language medium pupils receive. The work provides a fascinating glimpse into how individuals responses vary and change over time and provides interesting evidence for policy makers as they consider the effect of education on attitudes towards the language.
You can learn more about the research and Dr Arman’s findings by following this link to WISERD’s website.