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    Introduction to Pacific education in New Zealand and the Pacific region. Focus is on education’s impact on Pacific people’s academic achievement and lives in a globalised world.

    This paper offers an introduction to Pacific Education in New Zealand and the Pacific region. The focus is on knowledge and education systems in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, and the impacts of these systems on Pacific peoples' academic achievement.

    About this paper

    Paper title Special Topic: Pacific Education
    Subject Pacific Islands Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Summer School (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    PACI 101 or 18 points relevant to the Pacific Islands in ANTH, GEND, GEOG, HIST or MFCO
    Schedule C
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    Teaching staff

    Dr Telesia Kalavite

    Paper Structure

    This paper looks at selected topics over one 2-hour lecture each week, with discussions on the associated readings and issues in a small class 1-hour tutorial each week.

    Teaching Arrangements
    • Internal Assessments 60%
    • Final Examination 40%

    There is no prescribed textbook. Readings will be advised on a course outline and will be available on Blackboard through e-Reserve.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

    • Discuss the purposes of Education for Pacific peoples in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands
    • Discuss Pacific Islands' indigenous knowledge systems
    • Demonstrate knowledge of New Zealand and Pacific Islands education systems
    • Explain the challenges that Pacific peoples face in New Zealand's education system
    • Critically analyse Pacific peoples' academic performances in New Zealand education


    Summer School

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 2-5, 7
    Wednesday 10:00-11:50 2-7


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Thursday 14:00-14:50 2-7
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