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Umufonotalatalaga ma faiā‘oga Samoa – Navigating Samoan teachers’ experiences in classroom behaviour management

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dc.contributor.advisor McDonald, Lex
dc.contributor.advisor Gleeson, Margaret Faamanatu-Eteuati, Niusila 2020-11-08T20:37:30Z 2020-11-08T20:37:30Z 2020 2020
dc.description.abstract This qualitative research study explored Samoan teachers’ experiences of classroom behaviour management in the context of Samoan secondary schools. As Pacific teachers of the 21st century, we are encouraged to be resilient and culturally sustaining, which are aspects of the transformative rethinking process, to ensure an inclusive learning environment that is culturally relevant for all students despite their differences (Koya Vaka’uta, 2016; Nabobo-Baba, 2006; Reynold, 2019; Sanga, 2002; Thaman 2009). Data were collected using a culturally specific Samoan methodological approach termed ‘umufonotalatalaga’ - a deep dialogue in the Samoan way which acknowledges respectful relations. Eight case studies of Samoan teachers, all of whom had been teaching for 5 to 30 years in colleges and secondary schools around the country, offered insight into teachers’ worldviews of their classroom teaching experiences. Adapting Bronfenbrenner’s (1979) socio ecological systems theory as a theoretical framework, the study investigated how the multifaceted currents of Samoan cultural practices guided the teachers’ experiences of classroom behaviour management. The findings revealed that participants strongly valued the Samoan culture, spirituality, tupu’aga (heritage) and fa’asinomaga (identity) as positive and empowering factors in which to situate CBM. The findings allowed the researcher to create a new model termed ‘matāmatagi’ – the centre of the wind – which provides a foundation for culturally sustaining pedagogies. The model could be used as a restorative cultural approach to mediate individual Samoan teacher/student experiences of classroom behaviour and management. There are significant implications for the teachers, such as teacher education for CBM, professional development, professional standards and teacher well-being for schools in Samoa. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Classroom behaviour management en_NZ
dc.subject Cultural inclusive pedagogy en_NZ
dc.subject Samoan teachers' experiences en_NZ
dc.subject Samoan secondary school teachers en_NZ
dc.subject Samoan culture en_NZ
dc.subject Samoan language en_NZ
dc.subject Restorative justice en_NZ
dc.subject Matamatagi model en_NZ
dc.subject Umufonotalatalaga methodology en_NZ
dc.subject Teacher wellbeing en_NZ
dc.subject Mental wellbeing en_NZ
dc.subject Student - teacher relationship en_NZ
dc.title Umufonotalatalaga ma faiā‘oga Samoa – Navigating Samoan teachers’ experiences in classroom behaviour management en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Educational Psychology and Pedagogy en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Va’aomanū Pasifika en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Doctoral Thesis en_NZ Educational Psychology en_NZ Education en_NZ Applied Linguistics en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Doctoral en_NZ Doctor of Philosophy en_NZ
dc.rights.license Author Retains Copyright en_NZ 2020-11-06T03:57:27Z
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 130311 Pacific Peoples Education en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 130305 Educational Counselling en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 130307 Ethnic Education (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Māori and Pacific Peoples) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 930102 Learner and Learning Processes en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 930103 Learner Development en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 1 PURE BASIC RESEARCH en_NZ

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