Exploring inclusive education (IE) research in Tonga through Tongan cultural lenses and methodologies
This article explores my PhD research into Tongan family practice, looking at how Tongan families support and care for their member with siva-tu‘amelie's (special needs) education. The article discusses the layered approach of both Pacific and non-Pacific methodologies that I used during the study to ensure a safe space for participants. This allowed for rich, high quality stories to be collected. The article also outlines how the approach used promoted a strength-based perception and lens towards a subject that is often associated with negative connotations. My study highlighted the positive, strength-based aspirations and care Tongan families have for their members with siva-tu‘amelie that contradicts common notions of Tongan families viewing their siva-tu‘amelie members through a medical or religious lens. A brief background of siva-tu‘amelie in Tonga is also given, outlining the importance of my study in creating a shift in the way individuals with siva-tu‘amelie are perceived.
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