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ERIC Number: ED465291
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Towards Reconstituting the Notion of "Study Clinics." A Kakai Tonga Tu'a Community-Based Educational Project.
Manu'atu, Linita; Kepa, Mere
This paper examines the notion of reconstituting study clinics to promote and sustain the education of Tongan migrant students in New Zealand, describing a project that illustrates how to reconstitute the notion of a clinic and highlighting political, social, and cultural aspects of Tongan ways of thinking and acting that can be engaged to theorize about pedagogical and educational approaches pertinent to Tongan secondary students. It discusses the meaning of study clinics and notes three promising approaches when implemented within a critical pedagogical framework: Po Ako, Takanga a Fohe Taha I Puke Tapapa, and Katoanga Faiva. It highlights the importance of transcending the association of study clinics with notions of deficiency, treatment, and the market economy and instead emphasizing a conceptual framework that recognizes the importance of economics and Tongan social, cultural, and political relationships. The paper theorizes about the three approaches as part of a Tongan frame of reference to begin a process of reconstitution, suggesting that their main purpose is to foster Tongan peoples learning and education. It concludes that the process of reconstituting study clinics is about the capacity of Tongan people to forge links between their own community and the school and the aggressive recruitment of Tongan. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tonga