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Transforming the fale: From the ‘known’ to the ‘new’ of pre-service teacher education in the Pacific

Koya, Cresantia F. (2007) Transforming the fale: From the ‘known’ to the ‘new’ of pre-service teacher education in the Pacific. In: Pacific Voices: Teacher Education on the Move. Pride Project, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, pp. 84-94. ISBN 9789820108103

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The purpose of our group discussion was to begin a conversation to consider the reconceptualization of Pre-Service Teacher Education in the Pacific. We took a dialogic, narrative approach in which each group member shared her own educational experience as a student teacher, as a Pacific teacher and finally, as a curriculum player in her respective educational field and home country. Emergent issues, themes and challenges were identified and developed in the discussion that ensued. We used a critical inquiry approach and our group engaged in asking questions in order to elicit a more meaningful discussion. Recurring questions included:  What is the purpose of pre-service teacher education?  How is ‘pre-service’ different from ‘in-service’ teacher education?  What distinguishes Pacific teacher education from other teacher education programmes offered internationally?  How can we develop a Pacific centered teacher education?  How can pre-service teacher education best meet the needs of Pacific student teachers and the communities they serve? The premise of our discourse is our underlying determination to facilitate dialogue that moves the reconceptualisation process towards a framework of pre-service teacher education that is firmly grounded in Pacific realities.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Depositing User: Cresantia Koya-Vaka'uta
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2013 04:34
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2013 04:34

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