Date
20 February 2019

Explore family beliefs, values, and expectations

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Exploring Pasifika cultural perspectives on inclusion, learning support, and disability’

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Differing perspectives of inclusion

Differing perspectives of inclusion

Parents and family may have different perspectives on disability, inclusion, and accessing learning support for their children.

Take time to understand:

  • values and beliefs about disability and inclusion
  • personal experiences of learning
  • hopes and dreams for their child
  • fears and anxieties
  • expectations around support for learning.

Source: Adapted from Understanding special education from the perspectives of Pasifika families (opens in a new tab/window)

Understand Pasifika contexts

Understand Pasifika contexts

Consider the varied expectations that Pasifika students balance in their roles and responsibilities connected to church, sports, or social groups alongside their school work.

Involve communities in schooling

Involve communities in schooling

The viewpoints of students, teachers, and parents on the involvement of parents and communities in schooling are explored.

Build effective partnerships

Build effective partnerships

We are true partners when:

  • you listen to what I have to say
  • you acknowledge my intelligence
  • you want to learn more about my ways
  • you don’t judge me
  • you engage me in genuine dialogue
  • we make decisions together
  • you show that my child matters to you
  • you include my experience, knowledge, and viewpoints with yours.

Source: Partners in learning: Parents voices 2008 (p 123) (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources

Supporting Maori students through ako e e learning

Understanding special education from the perspectives of Pasifika families

Read time: 101 min

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Website

Partners in Learning: Parents' Voices (September 2008) – Pacific parents/families

Publisher: Education Review Office | Te Tari Arotake Matauranga

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Explore Pasifika perspectives on inclusion”:

Return to the guide “Supporting Pasifika students”

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