Fijian teachers working across Pacific borders: teacher identities, pedagogies and sense of difference

Burnett, Greg, Tikoduadua, Mereseini, and Lingam, Govinda I. (2021) Fijian teachers working across Pacific borders: teacher identities, pedagogies and sense of difference. Micronesian Educator, 30. pp. 9-16.

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Abstract

Increasing numbers of Fijian teachers working elsewhere in the Pacific contrast the many agencies and development personnel in Pacific Education from countries such as Australia and New Zealand. These agencies have long been critiqued for their cultural incongruence with the Pacific region and their need to satisfy donor nation interests. This paper reports on research investigating the work of experienced Fijian teachers working elsewhere in the Pacific. Drawing on elements of post-structural theory, this study highlights the ways in which these teachers constitute themselves as Fijian educators working across Pacific cultural and national borders. The identified sense of the Fijian teacher self contributes to wider debates concerning what constitutes quality teaching in the Pacific region and who might legitimately engage in cross Pacific border teaching.

Item ID: 67980
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1061-088X
Keywords: Pacific culture, Fijian teacher, teaching pedagogy, post-structural theory, personal self
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Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2021 23:08
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390410 Multicultural education (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Māori and Pacific Peoples) @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390203 Sociology of education @ 50%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160302 Pedagogy @ 50%
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160205 Policies and development @ 50%
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