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Ethnic Fijian students underachievement in science at school: causes and solutions

Dakuidreketi, Mesake R. (2008) Ethnic Fijian students underachievement in science at school: causes and solutions. In: Pacific Education: Issues and Perspectives. The University of the South Pacific, Lautoka Campus, USP Lautoka, Lautoka, Fiji, pp. 59-67. ISBN 9820108209 9789820108202

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Abstract

The teaching of science subject at school is not the main cause of the differential achievement of Ethnic Fijian and Indo-fijian students at school. The main areas which seem to have a significant effect on the differential performance of the two ethnic groups in science at school are the socio-cultural, political and geographical backgrounds of the two different ethnic groups. There seems to be a mismatch between Ethnic Fijian social norms and those required to be successful at school particularly in science. On the other hand, the socio-cultural background of Indo-Fijians tend to match much better with what is required in order for a child to be successful at school. The solution is not to change Ethnic Fijian culture to match what is required in formal education system but to change the education system to match the culture of Ethnic Fijians.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email mesake.rawaikela@usp.ac.fj
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2014 11:47
Last Modified: 07 May 2014 09:18
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/7106
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