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Author(s): Renee Tuifagalele, Jean M. Uasike Allen, Rāhera Meinders, and Melinda Webber
Publication type: Research report

This report focuses on the perspectives of whānau Pasifika as they express their attitudes and beliefs about what success looks like for their tamariki and why success is important. It employs the Indigenous practice of wayfinding to frame discussions of success through a range of values whānau Pasifika hold, and supportive characteristics they enact that steer their tamariki towards achieving their educational aspirations.  

27 June 2024
Author(s): Mohamed Alansari, Melinda Webber, Sinead Overbye, Renee Tuifagalele and Kiri Edge
Publication type: Research report

The COMPASS project is part of NZCER’s Te Pae Tawhiti Government Grant programme of research. It is also aligned to the broad goals and aspirations of NZCER, in that its overarching purpose is to give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the notion of Whakatere Tōmua—Wayfinding. The COMPASS project has examined the ways kaiako, ākonga, and whānau navigate educational experiences and contexts.  

19 April 2022
Author(s): Mohamed Alansari, Melinda Webber, Sinead Overbye, Renee Tuifagalele and Kiri Edge
Publication type: Research summary

The COMPASS project is part of NZCER’s Te Pae Tawhiti Government Grant programme of research. It is also aligned to the broad goals and aspirations of NZCER, in that its overarching purpose is to give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the notion of Whakatere Tōmua—Wayfinding. The COMPASS project has examined the ways kaiako, ākonga, and whānau navigate educational experiences and contexts.  

19 April 2022
Author(s): Linda Bonne and Lorraine Spiller
Publication type: Working paper

The NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools 2016 included a number of questions that asked specifically about matters related to Pasifika students, Pasifika families, or Pasifika cultural activities at school. We have brought the responses to these questions together for researchers working in Pasifika education.

8 January 2018
Early literacy: Quality teaching and learning in Pasifika early childhood education
Author(s): Diane Mara and Feaua’i Burgess
Publication type: Research report

This is a report on a one-year action research project aimed at encouraging and strengthening children's Samoan language and literacy learning within an a'oga amata. 

It reports on:

  •  the beliefs teachers held about language acquisition and early literacy
  • the action research process
  • the changes that occured in the teachers' pedagogical practice

The main approaches to making pedagogical change to strengthen laguage and literacy learning were:

1 June 2011
Author(s): Diane Mara and Feaua'i Burgess
Publication type: Research report

This is a report on a one-year action research project aimed at encouraging and strengthening children's Samoan language and literacy learning within an a'oga amata. 

It reports on:

  •  the beliefs teachers held about language acquisition and early literacy
  • the action research process
  • the changes that occured in the teachers' pedagogical practice

The main approaches to making pedagogical change to strengthen laguage and literacy learning were:

2 June 2007
Author(s): Sue McDowall, Sally Boyd, and Edith Hodgen, with Toni van Vliet
Publication type: Research report

7 June 2011
Author(s): Diane L Mara
Publication type: Conference paper

This paper outlines some key themes in Pasifika early childhood education over the past decade.  It  encourages collaboration across government agencies and Pasifika centres to enhance and retain quality services for Pasifika children and their families.

It suggests the establishment of an umbrella association for Pasifika early childhood centres, somewhat like the Kindergarten Association structure.  This association could take care of management and governance issues, so that teachers have more time and energy to focus on pedagogy and quality learning and teaching.

7 June 2011