Teachers encouraged to gain deeper understanding

30 October 2013

A College of Education Prestige Lecture will encourage teachers to gain a deeper understanding of Pacific students in order to teach them more effectively.

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Tufulasi Taleni

A College of Education Prestige Lecture will encourage teachers to gain a deeper understanding of Pacific students in order to teach them more effectively.

On Monday 4 November, UC Education Plus Pasifika Education Facilitator Leali’ie’e Tufulasi Taleni will present a lecture titled “In order to teach you, I must know you”.

Mr Taleni says that gaining a better understanding of Pacific culture can help teachers successfully meet the educational needs of Pacific students.

“This lecture is based on pedagogy and that comes from the heart of the teacher. It’s the heart which encourages teachers to go the extra mile. Meaningful change in school policy and classroom practice comes from the heart and ‘knowing the learner’ is central to such transformation.” 

Mr Taleni will share the success of the Samoa-based 2013 Pasifika Education Initiative, the Malaga (trip) – a trip that provides educators with an opportunity for a cultural experience. 

“The Malaga is an important trip for educators. It’s a way of immersing and experiencing the cultural values of Pasifika people in their own cultural context and backs up the theories of teachings and learning that we encourage in the classroom.   

“Through the fa’afaletui process – the weaving of knowledge - teachers and school leaders, in partnership with the Pasifika community, can develop their cultural knowledge and understanding and, as a consequence, their confidence and passion,” says Mr Taleni.

Prestige Lecture
"A ou malamalama ma ou iloa lelei oe, o le faigofie fo’i lea ona ou a’oa’o oe’"
‘In order to teach you, I must know you’.
Presented by Leali’ie’e Tufulasi Taleni, Pasifika Education Facilitator
Monday 4 November, 4pm (drinks and nibbles at 3:30pm), L1 Lecture Theatre, College of Education.