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Schooling in the Pacific Islands - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080268057, 9781483148557

Schooling in the Pacific Islands

1st Edition

Colonies in Transition

Editors: R. Murray Thomas T. Neville Postlethwaite
eBook ISBN: 9781483148557
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1984
Page Count: 352
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Schooling in the Pacific Islands: Colonies in Transition is the third book in a three-volume series describing education in selected countries of Oceania and the Asian regions bordering the Pacific. Organized into 10 chapters, this book begins with a general outlook on the colonization and schooling in Oceania. Subsequent chapters detail Oceania schools' social and historical backgrounds, the goals of education, the structure and size of the schooling enterprise, administration and finance, curriculum development, the supply of educational personnel, and problems and prospects for the future. Individual island countries covered include Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, New Caledonia and the Society Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, American Samoa and Western Samoa, Tonga, and The Cook Islands.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

1 Colonization and Schooling in Oceania

Representative Islands of Oceania

The Nature of Colonialism and of Independence

The Contents of Chapters 2 through 9


2 Papua New Guinea

Geographic and Social Influences

The Evolution of Educational Goals and Structure

The Current System

Curricula and Teaching Methodology

Personnel Supply

Nonformal Education

Problems and Prospects

From Classical Colonialism to Partial Independence


3 The U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (Micronesia)

Demographic and Social Conditions

Missionaries — Schooling Until 1914

Education in Japanese Times — 1914-1945

Schooling in the U.S. Trust Territory — 1945-1980s

Future Problems and Prospects



4 New Caledonia and the Society Islands

Social and Historical Backgrounds

Modern-Day Sociopolitical Conditions

The Goals of Schooling

Schooling Structure and Enrollment Patterns

Educational Administration and Finance

Teaching Personnel

The Population of Pupils

Curricula and Teaching Methods

Educational Innovations

An Evolving Pacific Adaptation of French Schooling


5 Vanuatu

Geographic and Social Foundations

The School in Society

The Size and Structure of Formal Education

Administering the Schools

Curriculum Development

Personnel Supply

The Future

From Condominium to Independence, 1970 and 1983


6 Fiji

The Arrival of Missionaries, the British, and Indians

Goals of Education

The Structure and Size of the School System

Educational Administration

Curriculum Development

Supplying Educational Personnel

Future Prospects

Mid-Colonialism to Independence, 1925-1983


7 American Samoa and Western Samoa

Traditional Samoan Life and the Missionary Effort — Prehistory to 1900

Education in American Samoa — 1900-1980s

Education in Western Samoa — 1900-1980s

The Two Samoas — From Classical Colonialism Toward Self-Reliance, 1930s and 1980s


8 Tonga

The Geographic and Historical Setting

Education's Historical Backgrounds

The Education System's Structure and Size

Administration and Finance

Curricula and Examinations

Supplying Educational Personnel

Problems and Prospects

The 1880s and 1980s Compared


9 The Cook Islands

Backgrounds of the Present-Day School System

The Goals of Present-Day Schooling

The Educational Structure

Administrative Structure and Finance

Educational Personnel

Trends in Curriculum Development

Educational Assessment

Future Trends

Comparing Benevolent Colonialism with Self-Governance


10 Country Comparisons and the Future

Colonies in Transition — Past and Present

Country Comparisons — Education in the 1980s

Future Prospects and Problems





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About the Editors

R. Murray Thomas

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA

T. Neville Postlethwaite

Ratings and Reviews