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View the PDF document A case-study of teacher education in the context of the Fiji secondary school geography curriculum
Author:Veramu, Joseph C.
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Award: Ph.D.
Date: 2007.
Call No.: pac In Process
BRN: 1042311
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Abstract: In this study I looked at teacher education in the context of the Fiji School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) geography curriculum. I also looked at strategies that could be used to make the teaching and learning of it meaningful for students. The objectives of my study are; 1. To highlight and explain how geography is taught and learnt in the classroom and how improvements can be made to teaching methods, and students'learning. 2. To research how USP-trained geography teachers can improve their classroom practice. The research questions are listed as follows: 1 What types of teaching strategies do teachers use in their geography classrooms, and are these adequate in getting students to learn? 2 How can USP-trained geography teachers practice student-centred teaching methods in their classrooms? The study focused on how geography can be taught using a range of teaching strategies to enable students to understand concepts, skills and spatial interactions. The teacher-training programme at USP was also studied. The underlying belief is that understanding the models that drive teacher-training will point the way to more student-centred strategies being adopted that will result in better teachers being produced who have the personal and the pedagogical skills necessary to perform effectively under various teaching conditions. This study found that improvements in the pedagogy of FSLC geography was possible if there were proactive linkages with the USP teacher-training programme. The study had considered the criteria for benchmark standards in quality teaching. The criteria dealt with the teacher's substantive knowledge of herlhis respective curriculum area and content. It also dealt with herlhis ability to use a range of teaching strategies, to be self-critical, and, to have empathy. The classroom observations showed that while teachers were trying to involve students in their classrooms, the general trend indicated that lessons were still teacher-centred. The recommendations considered ways in which the School of Education could collaborate more constructively with teachers to improve their practice. The role of other stakeholders such as the Ministry of Education and schools in this collaborative effort was seen as being very important in facilitating improvements in teaching and learning.
View the PDF document Education for sustainability in a Fijian urban community, Waiyavi : tackling health problems through home gardening .
Author:Veramu, Joseph C.
Institution: South Bank University.
Award: M.Sc.
Subject: Community education -- Fiji -- Waiyavi , Waiyavi (Fiji) -- Social conditions
Date: 1998.
Call No.: pac LC 1036 .8 .F52 W34 1998
BRN: 976289
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Abstract: My dissertation is set within the framework of the global market economy looking at an urban Fijian community, Waiyavi in Lautoka City (the second largest,city in Fiji), the hardships people face and the ways in which-Education for Sustainability (EfS) can be used to alleviate the difficulties of their lives. It will specifically look at how EfS as manifested in community health education can be used to stop the growing problem in Waiyavi of non-communicable diseases, (NCDs) This dissertation is based on an on-going project that is being carried out in Waiyavi through the Fiji Community Education Association (FCEA) of which I am its Vice President. This is an extra-curricular interest which 1 am doing on a part-time voluntary basis in addition to my University work. As mentioned earlier, this dissertation has a practical slant, the aim being to see how EfS dealing specifically with community health can be applied to prevent the alarming increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) brought about through changing lifestyles in Waiyavi. This research has two facets, a community EfS component and an action learning programme to put into practice the enlightened ideas highlighted through participatory means. This is through the people's own initiative. The research questions that will be looked at are as follows: (1) What is the extent of lifestyle diseases in Waiyavi? (2) Does EfS have a role to play in enlightening Waiyavi people on improving the quality of their lives? (3) In what ways can home gardening improve the people's health and promote sustainability? (4) What is the role of education/learning in mobilising Waiyavi people to take action to solve their health problems?
View the PDF document Solevu school and community : a case study in non-formal education
Author:Veramu, Joseph C.
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Award: M.Phil.
Subject: Non-formal education -- Fiji -- Solevu, Community education -- Fiji -- Solevu
Date: 1990.
Call No.: pac LC 45 .8 .F5 V4
BRN: 940315
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Abstract: This study looks at non-formal education in the school and community in Solevu district which is in Bua Province on the island of Vanualevu. In this case study I looked at the problems faced in the school,the problems with school-leavers and dropouts, and the lack of concern by parents and elders as inter-related. They all pointed to the malaise of the Solevu community.
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