EDEM659-23S2 (D) Semester Two 2023 (Distance)

Advancing Pasifika Educational Success

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


This course examines advances in Pasifika Education in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Students will engage with a range of relevant research to critique and analyse Pasifika educational pedagogy, practices and policy formation. The course will include the perspectives of Pasifika learners, parents, teachers, communities and academics.

Learning Outcomes

1. Examine the historical context of Pasifika migration to the urban settings of Aotearoa/New Zealand.
2. Critique and apply Indigenous and Pasifika Educational theories and practices to explore intergenerational dynamics, including those related to gender, cultural maintenance, cultural authenticity, cultural identities, languages and competencies.
3. Analyse and critique current themes and advances in Pasifika education.
4. Critique indigenous and Pasifika education theorising.
5. Evaluate own praxis in different settings using Pasifika epistemologies and methodologies, as well as place-based, post-colonial, and critical theories.
6. Develop and apply research skills, including formulation and presentation of research-informed arguments, implications and recommendations.


Subject to the approval of the Head of School

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 17:30 - 20:30 Rehua 530 17 Jul - 30 Jul
14 Aug - 20 Aug
11 Sep - 17 Sep
16 Oct - 29 Oct
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01-P1 Saturday 09:00 - 16:00 Rehua 530 17 Jul - 30 Jul
14 Aug - 20 Aug
11 Sep - 17 Sep
16 Oct - 29 Oct
01-P2 Saturday 09:00 - 15:00 Rehua 530 17 Jul - 30 Jul
14 Aug - 20 Aug
11 Sep - 17 Sep
16 Oct - 29 Oct

Timetable Note

Structure of sessions:

Friday Session
5.30pm – 8.30pm 5.30pm – 6.45pm Talanoa (lecture and open Talanoa/dialogue)
6.45pm – 7.00pm Break for Meaai (food)
7.00pm – 8.30pm Talanoa (lecture and open Talanoa /dialogue)

Saturday Session:
9.00am – 4pm 9:00am – 10.30am Talanoa (Lecture and open Talanoa/dialogue)
10:30am – 11:00am Break for meaai /
Morning tea 11:00am – 12:30pm Talanoa (Lecture and open Talanoa/dialogue)
12:30pm – 1:30pm Break for meaai / Lunch Break
1:30pm – 4:00pm Fa’asoaga - Oral Presentation Talanoa sessions will be facilitated and delivered by the EDEM659 team with the inclusion of guest speakers from the Pasifika community during the course. Students will provide own lunch and morning tea but there will be some shared meaai (food) during the course.


Lecture/Talanoa 1:  21-22 July

Historical context of Pasifika Peoples in Aotearoa (LO 1)
• Understanding the historical backgrounds of Pasifika peoples both in New Zealand and in the Pacific.
• Exploring Pacific peoples narratives of migration to Aotearoa.

Lecture/Talanoa 2:  28-29 July

Pacific Educational theories and practices (LO 2, 5)
• Understanding Pacific indigenous theories and practices in education.
• Gaining deeper knowledge of Pasifika cultural contexts and perspectives, contributing to educational success.

Lecture/Talanoa 3:  18-19 August

Advances in Pasifika Education (LO 3)
• What have we achieved as Pasifika people in education?
• Critique past and present education policies and strategies designed to advance Pasifika education success.
• Develop understanding of Pasifika people’s perspective on education and their aspiration for the future.

Lecture/Talanoa 4: 15-16 September

Impact of effective leadership practices (LO 4)
• Exploring effective leadership qualities and practices that contribute to the advancement of Pasifika students educational success.

Lecture/Talanoa 5:  20-21 October

Pasifika research methods (LO 6)
• Understanding Pasifika research methods and practices in education
• Gaining deeper knowledge of Pasifika research, contributing to educational success.

Lecture/Talanoa 6: 27-28 October

Oral Presentations (final assessments) (LO 7)


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Critical Inquiry of Pasifika Education in context 17 Aug 2023 60%
Critical Reflection 40% Part A: Due Date 23rd October 2023 at 11pm Part B: Oral Presentation - Due Date: 27th and 28th October 2023

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,990.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Teacher Education .

All EDEM659 Occurrences

  • EDEM659-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023 - Not Offered – replaced with another occurrence
  • EDEM659-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance) - Not Offered – replaced with another occurrence
  • EDEM659-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023
  • EDEM659-23S2 (D) Semester Two 2023 (Distance)