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ERIC Number: EJ1094330
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Factors Contributing to the Implementation of Inclusive Education in Pacific Island Countries
Sharma, Umesh; Loreman, Tim; Macanawai, Setareki
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v20 n4 p397-412 2016
This study reports the outcomes of focus group discussions reflected in presentations of concept maps relating to the implementation of inclusive education in the Pacific based on the views of 39 stakeholders from four countries (Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu). Five themes emerged, with one of the strongest being that of culture, community, and religion. This, amongst other ideas, is central to Pacific Islanders' understandings of inclusive education implementation, and results in some tensions between western educational ideas and the local context. The implications of this paper clearly show that local culture and context must be accounted for, if inclusive education is to be successfully implemented in the region.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Fiji; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Vanuatu