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Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.42, vol.22, no.1, 2000

Title: Pacific cultures in the teacher education curriculum project : a report

Author: Thaman, Konaiholeva Helu
Subject:  Teachers|Training of|Oceania
 Educational anthropology|Oceania
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.42, vol.22, no.1, 2000
Collation: p. 3-18 ;

Abstract: The author reports on a survey conducted to investigate the extent to which teacher training institutions in the Pacific incorporate elements of the local cultures in the content, methodology and assessment of their courses. Sad to say, there was found to be a general lack of Pacific cultural representation in the courses. Teacher educators need to be aware of the importance of the local context and how it can improve the quality of teacher education.

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Title: Post secondary education in Kiribati : improving access, opportunity and quality through flexible and open approaches

Author: Tewareka, Beta
Subject:  Education, Higher|Kiribati
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.42, vol.22, no.1, 2000
Collation: p. 19-36 ;

Abstract: This paper highlights some major problems and needs of the national post-secondary training institutions in Kiribati and attempts to seek alternatives that will not only improve their operation and management systems for quality outputs, but also, equally important, improve and increase opportunities for and access to higher education. To this end, the paper looks at some more innovative approaches to education, such as open and flexible learning and forming partnerships between the providers and stakeholders, government and the private sectors, the home and the school. The paper then discusses the prospects of meeting the everincreasing training needs of today and also of preparing our children for the even greater challenges of the 21st Century.

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Title: English language support programmes at the University of the South Pacific

Author: Khan, Veena
Subject:  The University of the South Pacific|Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching
 English language|Study and teaching (Higher)|Oceania
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.42, vol.22, no.1, 2000
Collation: p. 37-52 ;

Abstract: The University of the South Pacific draws its students from one of the most linguistically diverse areas of the world. It is very much aware of the English language problems faced by its students who, on commencing tertiary studies, are required to deal with complex and linguistically challenging material and are often unable to do so competently. This paper looks at the linguistic background, difficulties and language needs of first year students, and the English language programmes that have been mounted to alleviate these problems. It evaluates these programmes, gauging their success in helping students bridge the gap from high school to tertiary studies, and considers additional measures that are required to improve the language support strategies currently in place.

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Title: What learning strategies do ESL learners in Fiji use? : an exploratory study

Author: Mangubhai, Francis, Lal, Pushpa
Subject:  English language|Study and teaching|Fiji
 Second language acquisition
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.42, vol.22, no.1, 2000
Collation: p. 53-69 ;

Abstract: This paper is about learning strategies. An exploratory study was undertaken to investigate the use of strategies in learning English by students at three levels of formal schooling. The results suggest that there is a need for teachers to consciously seek ways of improving their students’ strategy use so that they can be more efficient learners.

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Title: Pacific women and lifelong education

Author: Fairbairn-Dunlop, Peggy
Subject:  Women in development|Oceania
 Adult education of women|Oceania
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.42, vol.22, no.1, 2000
Collation: p. 70-84 ;

Abstract: The author examines the situation of Pacific women in education. The statistics show that there is a long way to go in many areas; access and equity, for example, are far from ideal. The factors influencing women’s education are examined and the need for life-long education is emphasised.

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Title: Boards of trustees and school principals : a flawed policy-management relationship

Author: Clark, John Andrew
Subject:  School management and organization|Decision making
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.42, vol.22, no.1, 2000
Collation: p. 85-96 ;

Abstract: The success of any educational institution is dependent to some extent on how the policymanagement relationship is dealt with. Clark argues that decision-making should be a collaborative process; there must be a sharing of ideas and complete confidence in the integrity of the people concerned. Equally, accountability is shared.

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Title: Teacher education in an aid project : the case of the Fiji-Australia Teacher Education Project (FATEP)

Author: Nabobo-Baba, Unaisi
Subject:  Fiji College of Advanced Education
 Fiji-Australia Teacher Education Project
 Educational assistance, Australian|Fiji
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.42, vol.22, no.1, 2000
Collation: p. 97-115 ;

Abstract: Every Pacific Island country has experienced and benefited from aid projects. Nabobo examines one such project in Fiji, an Australian project which helped to make it possible to train teachers for the lower secondary level in order to ease the situation in the early 1990s of a dire shortage of teachers. Her article discusses some issues arising from the project that might have relevance for similar projects in the region.

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