Discussions and Debates in Pacific Education

Jeremy Dorovolomo, Cresantia Koya-Vaka’uta, Rosanne Coutts and Govinda Ishwar Lingam (eds)

Published by The Learner, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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A myriad of educational issues exist in Fiji and the Pacific Islands. This book is a collection of papers presented on the School of Education Seminar Series of the University of the South Pacific. It is a bricolage of discussions, conversations, and debates. This book is designed to illuminate various educational issues that may often be overlooked in the Pacific Islands, such as art education, the importance of recess, the value of after-school programs for students, attrition in higher education, and the critical need for improved school libraries, to name a few. The book is divided into educational issues in K–12 schools and higher education and its environment. This book will be of interest to a variety of readers, including postgraduate students, teacher educators, and policy makers.

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 2.428MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by The Learner, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing, Champaign, Illinois.

Jeremy Dorovolomo

Lecturer, School of Education, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji

Mr. Jeremy Dorovolomo is a lecturer in physical education at the School of Education, University of the South Pacific, Fiji. His research interests are on physical education curriculum, pedagogy and learning; physical activity and health, and Solomon Islands educational issues. He had been a high school teacher at Solomon Islands schools prior to teacher education, now based in Fiji. A couple of his recent projects is an University-funded paper on'Opportunities to Learn (OTL) physical education in rural Solomon Islands schools' and lead editor to a book to be published by end of February 2008 titled, 'Pacific Education: Issues and Perspectives'.

Dr. Cresantia Koya-Vaka’uta

Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji

Dr. Cresantia Frances Koya-Vaka’uta is a senior lecturer, School of Education, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. Her research interests are in Pacific studies, indigenous epistemologies, curriculum development and design, assessment for and of learning, citizenship education, identity, plagiarism in higher education and education for sustainable development. An artist and writer, she is a supporter of Pacific Island based arts development and an avid poet who writes for her own therapy.

Dr. Rosanne Coutts

Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology, Director of Teaching and Learning Coordinator, School of Health & Human Science, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, Australia

Dr. Govinda Ishwar Lingam

Associate Professor, School of Education, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji

Govinda Ishwar Lingam is the deputy head of the School of Education at the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. Previous experiences includes secondary school teaching in Fiji, rising to the position of Head of Department for Mathematics, before serving at the Lautoka Teachers’ College which is now part of the Fiji National University as senior lecturer in education and later as Head of the School for Education. He obtained his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the University of the South Pacific and his doctoral degree from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. His research interests include issues relating to social justice in education, professional development of teachers, educational leadership, values education and teacher education.


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