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Title: Pacific Preschool Council challenges teachers to celebrate the United Nations Decade for Literacy

Author: Deverell, Gweneth
Subject:  Literacy|Study and teaching (Early childhood)|Oceania
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.25, vol.13, no.2, 1991
Collation: p. 78-79 ;

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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: 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: Partnership in an aid project : is it a teacher-learner relationship?

Author: Taylor, Lester, Sanga, Kabini F.
Subject:  Educational assistance|Social aspects|Oceania
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.44, vol.23, no.1, 2001
Collation: p. 42-55 ;

Abstract: The relationship between donor consultants and local counterparts in an aid project has come under a lot of criticism, but the official records on which the research has so far been based do not include the perceptions of the individuals involved. The authors report on a study that investigated the extent to which the participants in an aid project in Solomon Islands perceived themselves as teachers and learners. The results might surprise the critics, as they show that, far from the consultants seeing themselves as experts, in this case they considered themselves learners throughout the project.

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Title: Planning in a multi-lingual country: the case of Papua New Guinea

Author: Kamene, Sakarepe
Subject:  Literacy|Papua New Guinea
 Language policy
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies vol.27, no.1, 2005
Collation: 95-106;

Abstract: The authors describe how and why PNG .s language policy making is in its infancy. However, already it is clear that the government wants it to reflect a focus on social issues. The 1995 National Educational reform strongly recommended the use of vernacular languages in elementary schools, and a lot of progress has been made in this area.

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Title: Plans and people : the role of the supervisor

Author: Weeks, John
Subject:  School management and organization|Oceania
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.3, 1979
Collation: p. 42-48 ;

Abstract: [ Abstract not available ]

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Title: Political education in a developing pluralistic society : a case for Fiji

Author: Baba, Tupeni L.
Subject:  Civics|Study and teaching|Fiji
 Political science|Study and teaching|Fiji
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.4, 1980
Collation: p. 37-42 ;

Abstract: [ Abstract not available ]

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Title: Polytechnical education : issues and trends.

Author:
Subject:  Technical education
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies vol.10, no.1, 1988
Collation: p. 49-63 ;

Abstract: [ Abstract not available ]

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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: Practices and problems in communication - the accountant and the distance educator

Author: Ravaga, Vikki, White, Michael
Subject:  Communication in education
 Communication in accounting
 Communication|Methodology
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.44, vol.23, no.1, 2001
Collation: p. 23-41 ;

Abstract: In this article, the roles of the distance educator and the accountant are compared in terms of how they communicate with their clients. The authors argue that the distance educator could benefit by using a conceptual framework, something which accountants use to structure communication through published financial reports. Similarly, accountants could take a leaf from the distance educator’s book and, instead of confining themselves to the print medium, use a range of media options to communicate financial reports to advantage.

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Title: Practicum component : preparation of teachers for the real world of work

Author: Lingam, Govinda Ishwar
Subject:  Teachers|Training of|Fiji
 Student teachers|Fiji
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies vol.24, no.1, 2002
Collation: p. 47-61 ;

Abstract: In an attempt to investigate the impact of practice teaching, this study identified factors that contribute positively and negatively to the professional preparation of beginning teachers. Data by means of a questionnaire survey were collected from 106 beginning teachers who were asked to reflect on the field-based experiences completed whilst on teacher training at Lautoka Teachers’ College in Fiji. The analysis of the data shows that there are a number of factors having a negative impact on the professional preparation of teachers. The results of the study indicated the lacunae in the field-based experiences.

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Title: Precourse needs analysis for a female Rotuman learning a domestic register of Fiji Hindi

Author: Dean, Farzana
Subject:  Hindi language|Study and teaching|Fiji
 Second language acquisition
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.43, vol.22, no.2, 2000
Collation: p. 35-55 ;

Abstract: Farzana Dean, a linguistics major and a keen supporter of her mother-tongue, Fiji Hindi, sketches out a Precourse needs analysis for a female Rotuman learning a domestic register of Fiji Hindi, a paper she wrote for an applied linguistics course. She describes the rudiments of Fiji Hindi a Rotuman woman marrying into a Muslim Indo-Fijian family would need in order to communicate with her in-laws at home. Ms Dean, the winner of the Gold Medal in Linguistics and valedictorian for the class of 2000, is currently pursuing postgraduate studies in Linguistics at the University of Auckland.

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Title: Primary education : issues and trends

Author: Blanc, Emile
Subject:  Education, Primary|Developing countries
 Educational planning|Developing countries
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.13, 1984
Collation: p. 46-56 ;

Abstract: [ Abstract not available ]

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Title: Primary school libraries in Fiji : a research report

Author: Rainey, Melvyn D.
Subject:  School libraries|Evaluation|Fiji
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.39, vol.20, no.2, 1998
Collation: p. 50-60 ;

Abstract: Mel Rainey’s article gives his findings from a survey of Fiji primary school libraries, and several reasons for the present state of libraries in these schools. This follows two earlier surveys of secondary school libraries (reported on by Rainey in Directions 2 1996.) The picture is not a bright one, and reflects the common attitude that many schools are narrowly exam oriented and do not consider libraries useful enough to justify the necessary expenditure. The benefits of a well-stocked library, or resource centre, do not need to be repeated here; it is hoped that the article will remind readers who are in a position to take some action of this often-neglected aspect of education.

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Title: Principles and processes of educational planning in the Pacific

Author: Puamau, Priscilla Qolisaya
Subject:  Educational leadership|Oceania
 Educational planning|Oceania
 PRIDE Project (Fiji)
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies vol.28, no.1-2, 2006
Collation: 20 - 38;

Abstract: Chapter 3 of Pacific Education Series Book 1: Educational Planning in the Pacific: principles and guidelines, edited by Priscilla Puamau and G.R. (Bob) Teasdale. This chapter provides an analysis of the educational principles and processes articulated by the 31 key educational planners and data managers who attended the first Pacific Regional Initiatives for the Delivery of basic Education (PRIDE) regional workshop on educational planning held on 2004 in Fiji. Strongly embedded in the PRIDE Project is the notion of ownership, with the conviction that Ministers for Education and the people of their countries ought to decide for themselves what their priorities and key educational activities should be. The 'workshop' concept demonstrated the confidence PRIDE has in the deep insights and vast experience that the participants brought to the workshop. In fact, the workshop privileged their voices by hearing and recording their 'inside' expertise, knowledge and values, so that a Pacific body of knowledge and wisdom could be developed on educational strategic planning.

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Title: Processes for linking writing systems : a parent-teacher partnership in early literacy education

Author: Goodridge, Megan, J.
Subject:  Reading (Elementary)|New Zealand
 Reading|Parent participation|New Zealand
 Community and school|New Zealand
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.32, vol.17, no.1, 1995
Collation: p. 54-80 ;

Abstract: This paper reports findings from the school phase of a larger longitudinal study conducted in New Zealand. In that study, the writing development of children in six Maori, six Pakeha (Anglo) and six Samoan families were studied at home before school entry, and fifteen of the same children were studied in their transition to school after age five. The paper focuses on two related interventions aimed at enhancing collaboration between teachers and families for developing the children’s writing expertise. Firstly, it discusses variable influences on teachers’ and parents’ shared knowledge of and goals for literacy development, and the effectiveness of classroom activities. It also discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the procedures for linking writing systems as well as school conditions associated with effective links for writing development.

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Title: Professionalism and bureaucracy : can they develop together?

Author: Velayutham, Thillainayakam
Subject:  Bureaucracy
 School management and organization
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.30, vol.16, no.1, 1994
Collation: p. 69-83 ;

Abstract: Dr Velayutham explores ways in which educational administration can be improved, by enhancing interaction between the administrators and the practitioners they serve.

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Title: Professionalism and partnership : a development dilemma for schools?

Author: Velayutham, Thillainayakam
Subject:  School management and organization
 Teacher participation in administration
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.31, vol.16, no.2, 1994
Collation: p. 84-89 ;

Abstract: There is an increasing trend for school professionals, the members of their school managements and governing boards to formally meet together. These meetings are designed to exchange ideas, to acknowledge each others’ contributions and to examine ways in which they could perform even better. Such occasions bring together the parties involved in the management of educational enterprises. They signify the ongoing process of a collaborative approach to educational development at the community level as well as at the level of a cluster of schools. It shows that such a cluster of schools and their community representatives at the management level could work together cooperatively and collaboratively to provide quality education. This is possible even if initial difficulties arise in such emerging relationships. With commitment to collaborate for the common good of the community, one not only overcomes the initial impediments, but also turns them to one’s advantage. In the development of schools and the high level of quality education that they are able to deliver, one can very well see that the partnership is in fact working well and bearing fruit. This shows that partnership between professionals and the community is not merely a strategy but a process leading to and paving the way for development– a development that is meaningful and satisfying to all concerned.

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Title: Profiles and student assessment

Author: Griffin, Patrick Edward
Subject:  Language arts (Elementary)|Ability|Testing
 Educational tests and measurements
 Students|Rating of
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.32, vol.17, no.1, 1995
Collation: p. 96-115 ;

Abstract: ‘Profile’ is a scale depicting progress in learning. The profiles of literacy consist of descriptions of reading, writing and spoken language. Each scale presents a detailed description in a series of nine levels called bands and labelled from A (lowest) to I (highest). They are designed to assist teachers, schools and systems with the complex process of assessment, recording and reporting on students’ developing competencies and achievements. An essential feature of a student’s profile is that it shows growth. Through its ordered sequence of bands, the profile makes explicit what it means to progress in learning. It provides a framework against which evidence of an individual’s progress can be charted and achievements of a school or even an education system can be monitored.

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Title: Promoting Pacific literature in Pacific schools

Author: Benson, Cliff J.
Subject:  English literature|Study and teaching (Secondary)|Oceania
 Pacific Island literature|Study and teaching
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.33, vol.17, no.2, 1995
Collation: p. 56-65 ;

Abstract: [ Abstract not available ]

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Title: Promoting active learning through distance teaching texts

Author: Lal, Vijendra
Subject:  Distance education|Activity programs
 Activity programs in education
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies vol.10, no.1, 1988
Collation: p. 13-17 ;

Abstract: [ Abstract not available ]

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Title: Prospects for the future: the case of Nauru

Author: Kephas, Jarden
Subject:  Native language and education|Oceania
 Language and education
 Education|Nauru
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies vol.27, no.1, 2005
Collation: 107-112;

Abstract: In the world.s smallest independent republic, English is the language of instruction at all levels of education. No attempt to introduce Nauruan into the school curriculum has been successful. Jarden Kephas explains why and outlines his vision for change.

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Title: Providing education for people with disabilities

Author: Reddy, Sachida
Subject:  People with disabilities|Education
 Children with disabilities|Education
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies vol.11, no.1, 1989
Collation: p. 3-9 ;

Abstract: [ Abstract not available ]

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Title: Pupil's attitudes in the Cook Islands to the extent of bilingualism

Author: Bray, Douglas Harrison
Subject:  English language|Cook Islands
 Maori language|Cook Islands
 Bilingualism|Cook Islands
Volume: Directions: Journal of Educational Studies no.7, 1981
Collation: p. 1-14 ;

Abstract: [ Abstract not available ]

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