| || || Education, Rural -- Fiji|
| || || Exploring the quality of education : a case study of a rural primary school in Fiji|
Author: Prasad, Deveena Wati
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Subject: Education, Rural -- Fiji, Education, Elementary -- Fiji
Call No.: Pac LC 5148 .F5 P73 2016
Copyright:40-60% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: The strive towards quality education has been a major challenge for primary schools. Quality education was one of the key concerns in the 1926 and 1969 Fiji Islands Education Commission reports. The issue of quality education was again reiterated in the Fiji Islands Education Commission / Panel Report 2000 and other official documents of the government. This study focuses on three indicators of quality education namely teachers, curriculum and educational resources. A rural primary school was chosen as a case study to conduct the research using a mixed method approach of data collection involving questionnaire, semi structured interviews and document analysis. The research respondents were eight teachers of the case study school. The theoretical framework for the study was derived from the local and international literature to inform aspects related to quality education such as those based on teachers, curriculum and educational resources which individually and collectively can contribute towards meaningful learning experiences to the children. The analysis of the data obtained from the questionnaire and interviews showed that learning was affected due to lack of qualified and experienced teachers, inability on the part of the teachers to transform curriculum innovatively and inadequate supply of educational resource materials. All these probably have contributed towards poor learning outcomes of children in the case study school. The findings here are contestable with the findings on quality education in rural settings. The current study has contributed to existing literature on quality education which seeks attention in order to address gaps on children’s learning experiences in rural schools of Fiji. Some recommendations for improvement include reforms in teacher education and professional development, sound provision of appropriate curriculum and adequate educational resources for the enhancement of quality education in rural schools. Since this study was confined to one school, the findings cannot be generalised. Therefore, a large scale study is needed not only focusing on three indicators of quality education but other indicators too, such as school leadership and vi community support which influence qualitative improvement in educational policy and practice.