Utilising Internal Knowledge Systems to Enlighten External Constructs

By Fuapepe Rimoni and Herewini Easton.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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“Kia kaha, kia tu tangata! Fa’amalosi! Sapare aude!” (Have courage to use your own understanding). To engage
in the natural consequence of education in the social world, we rely on the guidance of the ‘other’. This self-incurred reliance
is not because of a lack of understanding, but because of a lack of resolution and courage to utilise our own understanding
and perceptions independent of external guidance. We are descendants of philosophers, navigators, speculators, traders,
economists, healers, strategists and leaders. They learnt to adapt to the changing complexities, strengthening relationships
within their environments. Have we forgotten that our ancestors lived in their worlds of education too? What strategies can
we utilise today, to enhance our position in this world of education? This paper attempts to illuminate particular cultural
conventions and unique internal knowledge systems that can enhance Māori and Samoa contributions to education.

Keywords: Internal Knowledge Systems, External Constructs, Natural Consequence, Education, Cultural Conventions

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.233-238. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 538.091KB).

Fuapepe Rimoni

Lecturer, School of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand

Currently lecturing in the School of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education at Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand. Fuapepe specialises in the teaching of Social Studies in the Primary sector (elementary). Fuapepe’s key interests are in Pacific Education in New Zealand looking particularly at ‘unpacking cultural understandings in the mainstream classroom’ and the ‘motivation of Pacific Island learners within the New Zealand context’. She works closely with her Samoan community particularly with youth and young Samoan children encouraging them to be comfortable using various strategies to walk in both worlds their Samoan and their New Zealand heritage. Also mentoring young Samoan youth to achieve successfully in the New Zealand mainstream schooling system.

Herewini Easton

Te Wanaga o Aotearoa, Te Awamutu, New Zealand


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