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ERIC Number: EJ784954
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0020-8566
Reflective Teachers and Teacher Educators in the Pacific Region: Conversations with Us Not about Us
Burnett, Greg; Lingam, Govinda Ishwar
International Review of Education, v53 n3 p303-321 May 2007
This article reports on a study of Pacific primary school teachers' and university lecturers' reflections on their involvement in the in-service Bachelor of Education degree programme offered at the regional University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji. Two rich sets of data have emerged from this study. Firstly, there are a number of critical reflections by ourselves as teacher educators concerning levels of equitable student access and participation in our degree as it is reconceptualised for distance and flexible delivery to increase levels of teacher professionalism across the Pacific region. Secondly, there has emerged a set of statements from teachers themselves about: teaching and learning; professional development opportunities; and what it means to be a professional educator in the Pacific region. This later data suggests an alternative set of voices in what has largely been a "conversation between us about them" conducted by Ministries of Education, Curriculum Development Units, USP, other educational bodies and the media in the Pacific, but particularly Fiji, about teachers and teachers' work. Critical reflection upon our own practice as teacher educators and the voices of experienced teachers are particularly pertinent not only as we seek to reshape a degree programme to suit the needs of the region's primary school teachers but also as "rethinking" debates about the purposes of education in the Pacific region are on-going yet exclusive.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Fiji