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dc.contributor.authorDevine, Nesta
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-11T04:58:49Z
dc.date.available2012-04-11T04:58:49Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.identifier.citationDevine, N. (2006). Life, the crocodile, the Pisikoa and the wind: representations of teaching in the writings of three pacific authors. Waikato Journal of Education, 12, 123-134.en_NZ
dc.identifier.issn1173-6135
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/6203
dc.description.abstractIn the course of research involving the experiences of teachers of Pacific ancestry in New Zealand public schools, I became interested in the ways in which teachers were represented in Pacific thinking. Published works give relatively easy access to at least some of the patterns of thought evoked by the term teacher. In this paper I shall look at the kinds of teacher and teaching shown by Ruparuke Petaia, Albert Wendt and Sia Figiel. These authors, all confidently Samoan, portray some of the complexities of learning and teaching from within Samoan sensibilities. ÂLife", "the Crocodile", "the Pisikoa" and "the Wind" are all the names of teachers in this literature. My discussion of Kidnapped by Petaia (1974), Ola by Wendt (1991) and Where we once belonged by Figiel (1996) is not chronologically ordered so much as thematically arranged. The three themes are: decolonisation of education, the European teacher of Pasifika students and the Samoan teacher of Samoan students. Petaia presents a decolonising stance: the teacher as instrument of colonisation or enslavement. This perception is followed through by a discussion of Figiel's character, Siniva, who likewise rejects European knowledge as a form of darkness, and a brief reference to this idea by Wendt. Both Wendt and Figiel portray European teachers as arrogant in their assumptions about the universal nature of their knowledge, and as comic figures of enlightenment colonisation, somehow cut off from embodied human experience. Wendt sees the Samoan teacher as ineffectual, an instrument of a kind of hopeless enlightenment, frustrated by regulations and village traditions, while Fig iel sees her as a real presence in village life but a tragic figure of local ignorance.en_NZ
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherFaculty of Education, University of Waikatoen_NZ
dc.relation.urihttp://www.wje.org.nz/index.php/WJE/indexen_NZ
dc.rights© 2006 Waikato Journal of Education. It is posted here by permission for personal use.en_NZ
dc.subjectPacific literatureen_NZ
dc.subjectrepresentationen_NZ
dc.subjectteachersen_NZ
dc.subjectSamoaen_NZ
dc.titleLife, the crocodile, the Pisikoa and the wind: representations of teaching in the writings of three pacific authors.en_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.relation.isPartOfWaikato Journal of Educationen_NZ
pubs.begin-page123en_NZ
pubs.elements-id37396
pubs.end-page134en_NZ
pubs.volume12en_NZ


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