The Use of Traditional Examples and Techniques in Education
With 231,801 people of Pacific Island ethnicity living in New Zealand in 2001 (a country of only 4 million people), one can quickly see the need for culturally appropriate educational material. After a brief overview of the current New Zealand curriculum this paper provides a justification for inclusion of Pasifika teaching resources and activities. This paper focuses on one topic, that of bark-cloth (tapa) production. It provides basic information of this process for the reader who may have no knowledge of tapa making. Examples of activities relating to each learning area (subject) in the New Zealand curriculum using tapa as a context will be given, in order for educators to see the simplicity and the diversity of approaches that are possible.
||Diversity, Cultural Content Material, Education, Tapa, Bark Cloth Production
International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp.63-70.
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Senior Lecturer, School for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Kerry Lee is senior lecturer in Technology Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Kerry has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters in Education specialising in Technology education. Her Doctoral thesis currently underway investigates the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on the academic achievement of primary school children. Kerry has presented papers on technology education at numerous national and international conferences including the International Conference on Technology Education Research 2001, 2006 & 2008 and TENZ conferences 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 & 2007. Kerry was invited to be the plenary speaker on Technology Education at the 8th five-year planning meeting for 10 South East Asian countries at SEAMEO RECSAM, Malaysia, 2003. She has been published in the; International Journal of Technology and Design Education, International Journal of Diversity and Organisations Communities and Nations, International Journal of the Humanities, Journal of the World Univeristies Forum, Journal of Technology Studies and International Journal of Teaching and Learning and High Education (in press). She has authored chapters in the Handbook of Research on E-Learning Applications for Career and Technical Education: Technologies for Vocational Training, and Assessing and Evaluating Adult Learning in Career and Technical Education(in press).
Early Childhood Educator, University of Auckland, New Zealand
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