Quality teachers for indigenous students: an imperative for the twenty-first century

Konai Helu Thaman, PhD


This paper argues that all learners need teachers who are not only
professionally qualified but also culturally competent. This is particularly
so with teachers of indigenous students, who face the conflicting
expectations of schools and those of their home cultures. References to
Pacific students will be used to illustrate some of the conflicts as well
as attempts to address teaching and learning issues in Pacific Island
Countries (PICs).

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