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ERIC Number: EJ1316078
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0028-8276
Sailiga Tomai Ma Malamalama'aga Fa'a-Pasifika--Seeking Pasifika Knowledge to Support Student Learning: Reflections on Cultural Values Following an Educational Journey to Samoa
Surtees, Nicola; Taleni, Leali'ie'e Tufulasi; Ismail, Raesha; Rarere-Briggs, Benita; Stark, Robyn
New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, v56 n2 p269-283 Nov 2021
Transforming practices in initial teacher education and school and early childhood education contexts to support the success of Pasifika students and children can be challenging. Palagi educators, in particular, may find their practices are constrained by bureaucratic systems, processes and professional norms in ways that limit thinking about and responses to different ways of being and doing. Drawing from the experiences of a diverse group of educators during an educational journey to Samoa led by an esteemed Samoan leader, colleague and mentor, this article argues culturally based pedagogy holds the key to thinking and moving beyond some of these constraints. The article suggests that understanding Pasifika cultural values and integrating these into pedagogy is a critical first step for educators, before concluding with several practice messages. While these messages focus on Pasifika communities, students and children, they can be adapted for other ethnic groups.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Samoa
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