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View the PDF document A critical review of the affirmative action policy in education of the indigenous Fijians 1987-2006 : policy, rationale and implications
Author:Qovu, Emasi
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Award: Ph.D.
Subject: Affirmative action programs in education -- Fiji , Discrimination in education -- Fiji , Educational equalization -- Fiji
Date: 2013
Call No.: pac LC 213 .53 .F5 Q68 2013
BRN: 1190542
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Abstract: This study sets out to examine the management and implementation processes of the Affirmative Action Policy (AAP) of the indigenous Fijians and Rotumans between 1987 and 2006. In particular, the study examined the implementation of the Blueprint in Education that was introduced in 2001. It attempts to understand the management and implementation processes from the perspectives of those involved. Therefore, the methodological orientation is drawn from the phenomenological and qualitative research literature. The data gathering methods include participant observation, in-depth interviews and documentary analysis. These strategies are complemented by the indigenous Fijian approaches of talanoa, vitalanoa and vakamuritalanoa. The theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of the study are drawn from systems theory, change management and instructional leadership literature. The conceptual framework is anchored on the systems theory. The phases of the change processes – initiation, implementation and outcomes are retained and utilised instead of input (initiation), throughput (implementation) and output (outcomes). The conceptual framework retains the environment, feedback and sub-system components of the systems theory. In the application of this framework, this investigation involves the study of change agents, change users, the nature of the policy, as well as the sub-systems such as the Great Council of Chiefs, Fijian Teachers’ Association, provincial councils, Fijian Affairs Board, tikina councils, local governments and relevant ministries of National Government. It also obtains information from the relevant external sources such as aid donors.
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