Factors contributing to the implementation of inclusive education in Pacific Island countries

Umesh Sharma, Timothy John Loreman, Setareki Macanawai

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    This study reports the outcomes of focus group discussions reflected in presentations of concept maps relating to the implementation of inclusive education in the Pacific based on the views of 39 stakeholders from four countries (Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu). Five themes emerged, with one of the strongest being that of culture, community, and religion. This, amongst other ideas, is central to Pacific Islanders understandings of inclusive education implementation, and results in some tensions between western educational ideas and the local context. The implications of this paper clearly show that local culture and context must be accounted for, if inclusive education is to be successfully implemented in the region.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)397 - 412
    Number of pages16
    JournalInternational Journal of Inclusive Education
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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