Pacific Nations Students in Primary Teacher Training

  • John Dickie


This article is based on a study that investigated how Wellington College of Education staff can support Pacific nations students to complete primary teacher training successfully (Dickie, 2000). While the number of Pacific children in New Zealand primary schools is increasing significantly, and the community demands more Pacific nations teachers and more teaching in Pacific languages, the number of Pacific nations students entering primary teacher training is falling. This study explored the views of 21 Pacific nations students in the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) degree through a questionnaire and interviews. Participants valued peer support and group work, but difficulties due to cultural constraints hindered some from active participation in classes and from approaching lecturers for assistance. Some had difficulty with aspects of academic English. The study indicated the need for targeted support and a better understanding by staff of cultural differences.


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John Dickie
How to Cite
DICKIE, John. Pacific Nations Students in Primary Teacher Training. The New Zealand Annual Review of Education, [S.l.], n. 10, july 2000. ISSN 1178-3311. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 28 oct. 2020. doi:


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