Quality education and the role of the teacher in Fiji: mobilising global and local values

Crossley, Michael and Frances, Cresantia and Vaka’uta, Koya and McGrath, Simon and Thaman, Konai Helu and Waqailiti, Ledua (2017) Quality education and the role of the teacher in Fiji: mobilising global and local values. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education . ISSN 1469-3623

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Abstract

This article reports on the findings of original field research carried out in the small island developing state of Fiji, in the South Pacific. A North-South research partnership was built upon previous collaboration between team members and, in so doing, pioneered the blending of Pacific and Western research approaches sensitive to a postcolonial positioning. The study interrogates practitioner perspectives on the nature and quality of teachers and teaching in Fiji; the challenges of teachers’ work and lives; priorities for successful qualitative reform; and theoretical implications for the processes of education policy transfer and qualitative improvement. The analysis draws upon work on the politics of aid and international development, revealing tensions between existing learner-centred policy frameworks and emergent neoliberal and performativity oriented initiatives influenced by international surveys of student achievement, related league tables and the experience of the regional reference societies of Australia, New Zealand and India.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in on Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education 28 June 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03057925.2017.1338938
Keywords: Small Island Developing States (SIDS); teachers and teaching; quality education; education policy transfer; research partnerships; Pacific values and methodologies
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Identification Number: 10.1080/03057925.2017.1338938
Depositing User: McGrath, Professor Simon
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2017 08:15
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 22:23
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/43384

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