Image: Nuku’alofa, Tonga. Photo credit Adli Wahid, Unsplash.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
How leadership is culturally understood in different contexts across the Pacific.
- What concepts of leadership do school leaders in small island nations bring to their vocational activity?
- How do these concepts affect the way school leaders understand their leadership role in school and beyond?
- What non-indigenous leadership demands do school leaders experience as a result of their vocation?
- How do school leaders negotiate indigenous and western expectations of them as a school leader?
- How do school leaders seek and influence leadership conceptions and practices of others as a result of their lived negotiations?
- What commonalities and divergences exist in concepts of leadership across small island nation contexts?
WHAT WE EXPECT TO LEARN
How leadership is understood and how it works in the education sector, and how we can improve leadership development programmes to improve education outcomes.
The project will investigate ideas about leadership in education held by school leaders and school communities across four small island nations: Republic of the Marshall Islands, Tonga and the Solomon Islands. In particular, how school leaders negotiate understandings of leadership brought from their community with the leadership demands of the educational systems.
Storying is indigenous in the Pacific, used for teaching and learning in many contexts, and the research will capture the lived experience of educators through a wealth of experiential, cognitive, emotional and spiritual data about how leadership is understood in the Pacific. Storying will develop data about the way practitioners support each other, understand their influence and curate followers.
“The comparative research between the small island nations enables a deep, comparative and transferable investigation of leadership to take place. The result will be a clear sense of what leadership looks like in each context; better understanding of the place of context in Pacific concepts of leadership; and, an increased awareness of the leadership demands, negotiations and accommodations experienced by Pacific leaders in education.”
Seu’ula Johansson-Fua, Principal Investigator
WHO’S INVOLVED, WHERE
Associate Professor Dr. Kabini Sanga, Victoria University of Wellington
Dr. Martyn Reynolds, Victoria University of Wellington
Graham Hiele, Solomon Islands National University
Grace Rohoana, Solomon Islands National University
Dr. David Fa’avae, University of Waikato
Richard Robyns, IOE-University of the South Pacific
Dr. Seu’ula Johansson-Fua, University of the South Pacific
Republic of Marshall Islands, Tonga, Solomon Islands
April 2020 – June 2022
CHECK OUT THIS PROJECT’S PUBLICATIONS & BLOGS
- Talking about tok stori
- Contextualising leadership: looking for leadership in the everyday
- ‘Getting beneath the skin’: A tok stori approach to reviewing the literature of leadership in Solomon Islands, Tonga and Marshall Islands (International Education Journal)
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- University of the South Pacific, on Twitter @UniSouthPacific
- Victoria University of Wellington, on Twitter @VicUniWgtn
- Solomon Islands National University, on Twitter @SINUedu
- University of Waikato, on Twitter @waikato