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

Burnett, Gregory and Dorovolomo, Jeremy (2008) Teaching in difficult times: Solomon Islands teachers' narratives of perseverance. Journal of Pacific Studies, 30 . pp. 37-62. ISSN 1011-3029

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Abstract

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 Solomon Islands. It is grounded in a belief inlocal experienced teachers’ intimate understanding of their own teaching contexts and their ability topersevere in difficult circumstances. The teachers’ voices, like those of teachers elsewhere in the Pacific region, are barely audible amid a cacophony of educational discourses 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 affects wider processes of schooling and the post-conflict rebuilding of schooling in 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
Depositing User: Ms Neha Harakh
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2008 13:09
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2012 19:56
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/86
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