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

Tagataese Tupu Tuia, Radha Iyer

Abstract


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.


Keywords


Samoan values, Education policy, globalization, postcolonialism

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