Quality education and the role of the teacher in Fiji: mobilising global and local values

Michael Crossley, Cresantia, Frances Koya Vaka'uta, Rosiana Lagi, Simon McGrath, Konai Helu Thaman, Ladua Waqailiti

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Abstract

This article reports on the findings of original field research carried out in the small island developing state of Fiji, in the South Pacific. A North-South research partnership was built upon previous collaboration between team members and, in so doing, pioneered the blending of Pacific and Western research approaches sensitive to a postcolonial positioning. The study interrogates practitioner perspectives on: the nature and quality of teachers and teaching in Fiji; the challenges of teachers’ work and lives; priorities for successful qualitative reform; and theoretical implications for the processes of education policy transfer and qualitative improvement. The analysis draws upon work on the politics of aid and international development, revealing tensions between existing learner-centred policy frameworks and emergent neoliberal and performativity oriented initiatives influenced by international surveys of student achievement, related league tables and the experience of the regional reference societies of Australia, New Zealand and India.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)872-890
Number of pages19
JournalCompare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
Volume47
Issue number6
Early online date28 Jun 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Small Island developing s (SIDS)
  • teachers and teaching
  • quality education
  • education policy transfer
  • research partnerships
  • Pacific values and methodologies

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