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Pacific Pedagogies for Literacy and Language Development: Exploring a research-practice intervention

Taufe'ulungaki, Ana M. and Veikune, Ana Heti and Early, Robert and Spratt, Rebecca (2020) Pacific Pedagogies for Literacy and Language Development: Exploring a research-practice intervention. In: It takes an Island and an Ocean. Institute of Education, USP, Kingdom of Tonga, pp. 29-43. ISBN 978-982-9173-54-6

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    The Pacific Literacy and School Leadership Programme (PLSLP) was a three-year intervention in three Pacific primary school systems. PLSLP was funded by New Zealand MFAT and delivered through a partnership between the University of the South Pacific’s Institute of Education and the University of Auckland. Its overall goal was for improved literacy learning and language development. PLSLP took a design-based research (DBR) approach to working collaboratively with Ministries of Education and schools across Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Cook Islands. In this paper, we provide an overview of the programme and how the DBR approach was implemented within the different contexts of PLSLP. The paper is based on reflections of four PLSLP team members with a particular focus on the interface of literacy and language, and the development of contextually tailored learning resources. We maintain that the DBR approach, as coconstructed by the researcher-practitioners involved in each country, responded well to the challenges faced by Pacific Ministries of Education and their Development Partners in designing and delivering effective interventions for learning improvement. Underpinning PLSLP was the belief that aid interventions must contribute to enhancing student learning outcomes in a way that is contextually appropriate, and by building sustainable local capability for ongoing improvement. The central focus of PLSLP on teacher-student interactions, the pedagogical exchange, and codesign methods offered through DBR, ensured our interventions were built from and for the contexts engaged in.

    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > Institute of Education
    Depositing User: Afuafu Kautoke
    Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2020 13:37
    Last Modified: 04 Nov 2020 11:27

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