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Curriculum reform in Solomon Islands: a shift from eurocentrism to solcentrism in curriculum making

Lingam, Govinda I. and Burnett, Gregory and Lilo, J.F. and Lingam, Narsamma (2013) Curriculum reform in Solomon Islands: a shift from eurocentrism to solcentrism in curriculum making. The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, N/A . NA. ISSN 0119-5646

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    Abstract

    This article focuses on school curriculum documents. It specifically investigates teachers 19 perceptions of curriculum in the Solomon Islands context. Using a questionnaire as a means of gathering data, a sample of 35 teachers were asked to provide their perceptions about the curriculum documents for three subject areas, using criteria developed by Print (Curriculum development and design, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1993) 14interest, authenticity, appropriateness, organization and balance, and technical quality. The analysis of the data suggests that the local curriculum documents for Social Studies have been received by teachers much more positively compared with the foreign curriculum documents in English and Mathematics. This implies that in both curriculum development work and the delivery of education, it may be preferable to contextualize the curriculum documents to suit the local context. The study has implications for curriculum development in other Pacific Island countries that were colonies of metropolitan powers and even in other small island developing states worldwide.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Additional Information: Published online.
    Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
    Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
    Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies
    Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
    Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2013 09:59
    Last Modified: 21 Jun 2016 14:50
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/6358
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