Appreciating Pacific understandings of school leadership: Solomon Islands, Tonga, Rotuma, and Marshall Islands
Seu'ula Johansson-Fua, Kabini Sanga, David Fa'avae, Martyn Reynolds, Richard Robyns, Graham Hiele, Grace Rohoana, Danny Jim, Demetria Malachi, Loretta Case, Margaret Gabriel
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
How leadership is culturally understood in different contexts across the Pacific.
- What concepts of leadership do school leaders in small island nations bring to their vocational activity?
- How do these concepts affect the way school leaders understand their leadership role in school and beyond?
- What non-indigenous leadership demands do school leaders experience as a result of their vocation?
- How do school leaders negotiate indigenous and western expectations of them as a school leader?
- How do school leaders seek and influence leadership conceptions and practices of others as a result of their lived negotiations?
- What commonalities and divergences exist in concepts of leadership across small island nation contexts?
WHAT WE EXPECT TO LEARN
How leadership is understood and how it works in the education sector, and how we can improve leadership development programmes to improve education outcomes.
The project will investigate ideas about leadership in education held by school leaders and school communities across four small island nations: Republic of the Marshall Islands, Tonga, Rotuma in the Fiji Islands and the Solomon Islands. In particular, how school leaders negotiate understandings of leadership brought from their community with the leadership demands of the educational systems.
Storying is indigenous in the Pacific, used for teaching and learning in many contexts, and the research will capture the lived experience of educators through a wealth of experiential, cognitive, emotional and spiritual data about how leadership is understood in the Pacific. Storying will develop data about the way practitioners support each other, understand their influence and curate followers.
Seu'ula Johansson-Fua, Principal Investigator
The comparative research between the small island nations enables a deep, comparative and transferable investigation of leadership to take place. The result will be a clear sense of what leadership looks like in each context; better understanding of the place of context in Pacific concepts of leadership; and, an increased awareness of the leadership demands, negotiations and accommodations experienced by Pacific leaders in education.
WHO’S INVOLVED, WHERE
Associate Professor Dr. Kabini Sanga (PI), Victoria University of Wellington
Dr. Martyn Reynolds, Victoria University of Wellington
Graham Hiele, Solomon Islands National University
Grace Rohoana, Solomon Islands National University
Dr. David Fa’avae, University of the South Pacific
Richard Robyns, IOE-University of the South Pacific
Margaret Gabriel, IOE-University of the South Pacific
Republic of Marshall Islands, Tonga, Rotuma, Solomon Islands
February 2020 - February 2022
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Director of the Institute of Education, University of the South Pacific
Associate Professor in the School of Education, Victoria University of Wellington
Lecturer, University of Waikato
Pacific Research Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Education, Victoria University of Wellington.
Assistant Lecturer (Economics) and Teaching Experience Coordinator (Secondary), Faculty of Education and Humanities, Solomon Islands National University
Home Economics Lecturer, Solomon Islands National University
School Principal, Ajeltake Public Elementary School, Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands
8th Grade Teacher, Laura Elementary School, Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands
Principal, Delap Elementary School, Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands