Teu Le Va: Relationships across research and policy in Pasifika education

Publication Details

Teu le va is a tool primarily for educational researchers, to help them plan and implement research that contributes to the development of effective policy and practice in respect of Pasifika students in our schools.

Teu le va emphasises a number of principles or practices, including the need for: researchers to directly involve Pasifika learners, their families, and communities, and teachers as practitioners, in the development of research proposals or plans; ongoing collaboration between researchers and policy-makers; collaboration among researchers from different organisations and groups in order to build a sound knowledge base; ensuring that any research undertaken is relevant for a range of audiences (eg, parents, communities, teachers, policy-makers); all research, development and policy-making in Pasifika education to have a firm focus on student success: realising potential and identifying opportunities.

Author(s): Airini, Melani Anae and Karlo Mila-Schaaf with Eve Coxon, Diane Mara & Kabini Sanga

Date Published: July 2010

Background

Pasifika education research and policy from 1998-2010

1998: Ministry of Education: Consolidation of Pasifika Team and organisation-wide approach to increasing opportunities for Pasifika success in education.
 
Pacific Vision Conference (Ministry of Pacific Islands Affairs).
1999-2001: Sector-wide approach ('Closing the Gaps') to improved Pasifika outcomes: Some improvement in education performance for Pasifika; range of new policy/practice initiatives; research initiatives.
2001: First Pasifika Education Plan (Ministry of Education) published, with the aim of providing a coherent and integrated approach to coordinating all policies which aim to improve education outcomes for Pasifika peoples.
2001: Publication of Pasifika Education Research Guidelines (Anae et al).
2002: Publication of Literature Review on Pacific Education Issues (Coxon et al), a report commissioned by the Ministry of Education as part of the Pasifika Education Plan 2001. The review identifies current issues related to Pasifika education and research and areas which require further investigation.
2006: Pasifika Education Plan 2006-2010 published.
2007:  Joint NZARE/Ministry of Education symposium, Is Your Research Making a Difference to Pasifika Education?, held in Wellington, November 2007.

This was the first stage in the development of an approach for forming stronger links between research and policy for improved Pasifika education outcomes.
2008: Pasifika Education Plan 2008-2012 launched.

Consultation round completed on a draft of Teu le va - Relationships across research and policy in Pasifika education: A collective approach to knowledge generation and policy development for action towards Pasifika education success.
2009: Pasifika Education Plan 2009-2012 launched.
2010: Teu le va - Relationships across research and policy in Pasifika Education: A collective approach to knowledge generation and policy development for action towards Pasifika education success launched.

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