Samoa’s education policy: Negotiating a hybrid space for values


  • Tagataese Tupu Tuia Faculty of Education National University of Samoa
  • Radha Iyer Queensland University of Technololgy


Samoan values, Education policy, globalization, postcolonialism


This paper analyses the education policy of Samoa to examine the values that are presented within as relevant to the education system. Drawing on the theory of postcolonialism and globalization, we illustrate how the global and local interact within the education policy to create a hybrid, heterogeneous mix of values and, while the policy acknowledges the significance of Samoan values,  it is principally directed towards universal values being incorporated into the education system. We undertake a critical policy analysis to illustrate how the hybrid set of values are indicative of a neo-colonial discourse and argue that universal values are required, however,  these need to be equally matched with local Samoan values for the education policy to be highly relevant, authentic and applicable to the Samoan education context.