Lost in translation : partnerships for authentic education in Papua New Guinea

McLaughlin, Juliana M. (2011) Lost in translation : partnerships for authentic education in Papua New Guinea. International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 10(2), pp. 86-98.

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Pacific Island countries are the recipients of considerable education reform projects, many of which are sponsored by various global donor agencies. These agencies have become partners as part of foreign aid for international development in the region. Research cautions that such projects may have detrimental influences as their designs and delivery ignore the economic, cultural and social contexts of recipient countries. This paper explores issues impacting on the capacity of educators to lead educational change in Papua New Guinea. While initiatives in capacity building are offered, contradictions within the reform processes identify serious questions of policy development, curriculum ownership and local capacity. These contradictions relate to the sustainability of such programs, collaboration and partnerships between the National Department of Education, universities, donor agencies and scholars who advocate for authentic education for Papua New Guinea.

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ID Code: 50174
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Papua New Guinea education reforms, development education, capacity building
ISSN: 1443-1475
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 (please consult the author).
Deposited On: 09 May 2012 04:20
Last Modified: 09 May 2012 21:54

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