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ERIC Number: EJ800497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0957-8234
Looking towards the Source--Social Justice and Leadership Conceptualisations from Tonga
Fua, Seu'ula Johansson
Journal of Educational Administration, v45 n6 p672-683 2007
Purpose: This article aims to explore Tongan conceptualisations of social justice and leadership from a cultural perspective. Design/methodology/approach: The approach taken is from a cultural perspective based on evidence that culture influences our thinking and consequently our behaviours, and the argument that social justice is about recognising our values, philosophies, processes and structures in our education system and that theorising social justice should be founded on our knowledge systems that are embedded in our cultures. Findings: The Tongan conceptualisation of social justice is based on "Faka'apa'apa" (respect) while Tongan leadership is based on "Va" (relationships); both concepts converge on the role of leadership. The example of the Tongan conceptualisation is given as a guide for other Pacific countries to consider when confronted with global educational instruments. Originality/value: By conceptualising social justice from a cultural perspective, an alternative understanding is brought forward and a more global perspective is evident. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tonga