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Sustainable Living in the Pacific: Exploring the role of Multiculturalism in Teacher Education
Rethinking Education Curricula in the Pacific: Challenges and Prospects (2009)
  • Cresantia Frances Koya Vaka'uta
Abstract
The Pacific is arguably one of the most diverse regions in the world, both culturally and linguistically. Although much has been said about the relationship between culture and education, the topic of multiculturalism in education is one that remains unexplored. Although sporadic discussions have occurred with reference to the fourth Pillar of „living together‟ in the Delors‟ report, much of the discourse surrounds the need to incorporate cultural knowledge and culture inclusive pedagogies into local curricula. The author is of the view that quality educational development requires an examination of multiculturalism in teacher education and training. This paper presents the argument that the Pacific needs multicultural teachers who value and prioritize a variety of ways of learning, knowing and being. The development of cultural, cross cultural and multicultural competencies is therefore essential as these contribute to a teacher‟s ability to meet diverse student learning needs. Multiculturalism can no longer be seen as the enemy of culture. Instead it should be recognized as a natural progression from culture inclusive education to an inclusive education which recognizes and values the authenticity of all students‟ cultures and values based on the realities of the diverse Pacific society, and the globalized world.
Publication Date
2009
Editor
Konai Helu Thaman & Kabini Sanga
Publisher
Victoria Universty Press
Citation Information
Cresantia Frances Koya Vaka'uta. "Sustainable Living in the Pacific: Exploring the role of Multiculturalism in Teacher Education" 1WellingtonRethinking Education Curricula in the Pacific: Challenges and Prospects (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/cf_koyavakauta/14/