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Reconstructing social capital in Fijian classrooms: lessons learnt from Solesolevaki

Raisele, Kolaia (2021) Reconstructing social capital in Fijian classrooms: lessons learnt from Solesolevaki. Directions: Journal of Educational Studies, 35 (2). pp. 49-56. ISSN 1011-5846

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Schools play an important role in the social, cultural and psychological adjustment of a child. It is an environment where a significant part of the development of young children takes place as it is an undeniable fact that a child spends most of his/her waking time at school (Van Rossem et al., 2015). A classroom in a school is an opportune social space where social capital can thrive. This study was conducted in 2019 on how an iTaukei intangible cultural heritage, named Solesolevaki, can contribute to the inclusive social development and social capital among children. The classroom represents a suitable space where solesolevaki can be practiced and develop social capital in the process. This article first reviews the existing literature on social capital; second, it outlines the methods that were conducted in order to ascertain the aspects of solesolevaki that are applicable to a classroom; thirdly, it discusses the core findings specifically on values of engagement, trust, cooperation, collective norms, knowledge diffusion, shared futures, social inclusion, and social cohesion. The article closes with a discussion on the implications of the findings in building social capital in Fijian classrooms.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: School of Pacific Arts, Communication and Education (SPACE)
Depositing User: Kolaia Raisele
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2022 01:04
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2022 00:25

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