Title: Teacher education for cultural identity in Fiji Author: Teasdale, Jennie, Nabobo-Baba, Unaisi
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.31, vol.16, no.2, 1994
|Subject: || Teachers|Training of|Fiji|
Collation: p. 3-13 :
Abstract: This paper examines the relationship between culture and education, and relates it to the South Pacific context, particularly Fiji. It argues that there is a need for balance between western education and the traditional education of Fiji’s non-western cultures. A first, important step in achieving this balance is to enable teachers to recognise and affirm their own cultural identities, and to understand and respect the cultural identities of those around them. The discussion moves to a case study focused on teacher education at the Fiji College of Advanced Education (FCAE) where trainees, predominantly from Fijian and Indo-Fijian cultural backgrounds, undertake a twoyear pre-service programme. Upon graduation, these diplomates teach in selected areas in junior secondary schools. During their course of study at FCAE, trainee teachers undertake core courses in education which are designed in such a way that their own cultural identity is affirmed and their cultural sensitivity towards others is heightened.