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Conclusion: a collection and collaborative effort!

Dorovolomo, Jeremy and Lingam, Govinda I. (2020) Conclusion: a collection and collaborative effort! In: Leadership, community partnerships and schools in the Pacific Islands: Implications for Quality Education. Springer Nature, Singapore, pp. 179-183. ISBN 978-981-15-6482-6

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Abstract

These chapters have provided critical reflections of educational issues in various countries in the Pacific Islands, mainly those of Fiji and Solomon Islands. This is pertinent as there is need for ongoing scrutiny of educational practices in order that responsible professional practice occurs in Pacific educational settings. Fook (Social Work with Groups 35:216–234, Fook, Social Work with Groups 35:216–234, 2012) states that there are two elements of critical reflection. The first entails uncovering, examining and changing deeply held assumptions. The second involves an awareness of how power is at play in order to create changes in practitioners’ situations (Fook in Social Work with Groups 35:216–234, Fook, Social Work with Groups 35:216–234, 2012). This edited book encompasses the former element of critical reflection, by examining the underlying assumptions, for instance, in mathematics education, or the role of school leaders. Moreover, it also examines the manner in which relational dynamics are at play, for example, between the school and its community, the school principal, staff and pupils, or the school recess as a gendered space. Burnett and Lingam (Review of Education 53:303–321, Burnett and Lingam, Review of Education 53:303–321, 2007), in the Pacific Islands context, emphasise that critical reflection is important to rethinking the purposes of education in the Pacific region. They further stress that in the rethinking process, teachers need to be included, as often they are excluded and silenced, and governments, agencies and interest groups conceptualise and dictate what their work should be Burnett and Lingam (Review of Education 53:303–321, Burnett and Lingam, Review of Education 53:303–321, 2007). This edited book ensures the voices of teachers, parents, children, education authorities and school leaders are being heard so as to provide a more balanced view of education in the Pacific Islands contexts from as many stakeholders.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-6483-3_15
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2020 12:12
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2020 12:12
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12238
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