Encyclopedia of Teacher Education

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| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Creating Opportunities for Teacher Professional Development in the Cook Islands

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-1179-6_246-1


Culturally responsive pedagogy provides Cook Islands teachers an opportunity to overcome challenges and therefore create opportunities for teachers’ professional development. This plays a significant role in providing teacher training as a lifelong professional experience. This entry investigates how culturally responsive pedagogy could be used in overcoming the challenges and generating opportunities for teachers’ professional development in Cook Islands schools, which is central to this argument.

This entry also draws on evidence from a multifaceted research study into culturally responsive pedagogy (Airini et al. 2007). Broadly viewed, the research seeks further understandings of indigenous education and the conversion of educational theory into practices that support positive futures for indigenous peoples. More precisely, the research explores culturally responsive pedagogy in a specific context, that of the Cook Islands.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of the South PacificSuvaFiji

Section editors and affiliations

  • Govinda Lingam
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of the South Pacific, FijiSuvaFiji Islands