EDEM659-24S2 (D) Semester Two 2024 (Distance)

Advancing Pasifika Educational Success

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


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 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:  Fri-Sat 19 - 20 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:  Fri-Sat 26-27 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:  Fri-Sat 23 - 24 Aug

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: Fri-Sat 13 - 14 Sept

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: Fri-Sat 18 - 19 Oct

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

Course Coordinator

Tufulasi Taleni


Richard Manning and Joeana Togiaso


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment One 30 Aug 2024 40% Essay
Assignment Two 60% Part A: Oral Presentation: Saturday 26 Oct - 20% Part B: Report: Monday 28 Oct. - 40%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,046.00

* 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

  • EDEM659-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024
  • EDEM659-24S2 (D) Semester Two 2024 (Distance)