Curriculum reform in Solomon Islands: a shift from Eurocentrism to Solcentrism in curriculum making

Lingam, Govinda Ishwar, Burnett, Greg, Lilo, Jullian Fenney, and Lingam, Narsamma (2014) Curriculum reform in Solomon Islands: a shift from Eurocentrism to Solcentrism in curriculum making. Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 23 (3). pp. 345-353.

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This article focuses on school curriculum documents. It specifically investigates teachers’ perceptions of curriculum in the Solomon Islands context. Using a questionnaire as a means of gathering data, a sample of 35 teachers were asked to provide their perceptions about the curriculum documents for three subject areas, using criteria developed by Print (Curriculum development and design, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1993)—interest, authenticity, appropriateness, organization and balance, and technical quality. The analysis of the data suggests that the local curriculum documents for Social Studies have been received by teachers much more positively compared with the foreign curriculum documents in English and Mathematics. This implies that in both curriculum development work and the delivery of education, it may be preferable to contextualize the curriculum documents to suit the local context. The study has implications for curriculum development in other Pacific Island countries that were colonies of metropolitan powers and even in other small island developing states worldwide.

Item ID: 59013
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2243-7908
Keywords: Solomon Islands; Localization; Curriculum materials; Eurocentric; Solcentric; Colonialism
Copyright Information: © De La Salle University 2013
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2019 23:48
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130311 Pacific Peoples Education @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939906 Pacific Peoples Education @ 100%
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