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ERIC Number: EJ801026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0020-8566
Nurturing Relationships and Honouring Responsibilities: A Pacific Perspective
Thaman, Konai Helu
International Review of Education, v54 n3-4 p459-473 Jul 2008
This essay contributes a Pacific Islands perspective to the global discussion of "Living Together: Education and Intercultural Dialogue". Through poetry and prose, this essay traces the impact of the Tongan concept of "vaa" (values/valued relationships) on learning and language. By invoking UNESCO's mandate to build peace through education, the concept of "vaa" is shown to be a key to promoting peace. The challenges and prospects of nurturing peace through international cooperation in education are discussed with examples drawn from the Pacific. Specifically, Tonga's social and linguistic histories provide avenues for interpreting Pacific educational ideals in relation to Western concepts of knowing and learning. Reflection on cultural literacy in the Pacific context raises deeper questions about the role of educators when working interculturally. Lessons to be learned include the oft-quoted maxim that educators must first learn about their own culture before learning about others', and before imposing their own pedagogies and curricula on others' education systems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tonga