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Chand, Alvin Vikash; Sharma, Sashi; Taylor, Simon – Waikato Journal of Education, 2021
This study seeks to explain how a modified Constructivist Learning Environment Survey (CLES) was implemented together with talanoa to explore Fijian students' perceptions of a constructivist learning environment in the science classroom in New Zealand secondary schools. The modified CLES, called CLES-FS, was developed explicitly for Fijian…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Pacific Islanders, Student Attitudes, Constructivism (Learning)
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Sharma, Sashi – Waikato Journal of Education, 2018
This paper focuses on the use of home languages as a resource for Pasifika students who are learning about statistical methods. It is acknowledged that there are connections between language use and mathematics in mathematics learning and teaching, and the potential challenges this issue can pose have been investigated by researchers. Yet how the…
Descriptors: Barriers, Pacific Islanders, Ethnic Groups, Grade 12
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Daly, Nicola; Sharma, Sashi – Waikato Journal of Education, 2017
In this article eight volunteer participants in a programme for untrained teachers in India are interviewed concerning their motivation to participate in the work, and also the challenges faced and the rewards gained. Findings show similar factors are at play in the motivation for the participants, but new knowledge concerning motivation to return…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Participation, Volunteers, Barriers
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Jourdain, Laura; Sharma, Sashi – Waikato Journal of Education, 2016
Traditionally, the difficulties associated with mathematics were largely seen as coming from the cognitive demands of mathematics itself. It is now accepted that language and mathematics are connected in mathematics learning and teaching, and, the potential challenges of language in mathematics have been investigated by a number of researchers.…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Language of Instruction, Teaching Methods, Barriers