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Teaching in difficult times: Solomon Island teachers' narratives of perseverance

Burnett, Gregory and Dorovolomo, Jeremy (2008) Teaching in difficult times: Solomon Island teachers' narratives of perseverance. Journal of Peace, Conflict & Development, 1 (12). pp. 1-34. ISSN 1742-0601

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This article reports on a preliminary study of five teachers who taught through the years of ethnic conflict between 1998 and 2003 on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. It is grounded in a belief in local experienced teachers’ intimate understanding of their own teaching contexts and their ability to persevere in difficult circumstances. The teachers voices, like those of teachers elsewhere in the Pacific region, are barely audible amid a cacophony of educational discourses2 authored by a variety of groups both within and outside the Pacific community that tend to disavow teachers’ lived experiences and understandings. The articulation of these voices in this article, firstly, affirms the professionalism of Solomon Island teachers and, secondly, opens up understanding of conflict as it relates to teaching and learning in the Pacific region. It is hoped that this study will also contribute to a more informed understanding of how conflict related trauma impacts on wider processes of schooling, the post conflict re-building of schooling in the Solomon Islands and elsewhere in the Pacific region where contemporary life is also marked by conflict.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
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Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2008 02:08
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2013 21:46

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