(L-R) Ms. Shikha Raturi, Mr. John Rombo, Professor John Bythell, Associate Professor Govinda Lingam, Professor Rajesh Chandra, Professor Richard Coll, Dr. Akanisi Kedrayate, Dr. Salanieta Bakalevu and Dr. Seu’ula Johannson-Fua at the book launch
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Education (SOED) launched three books on 24 April 2015 at the Australia Pacific Lecture Theatre (formerly known as AusAid Lecture Theatre) performance space at Laucala Campus.
The books were launched by Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and International Professor John Bythell and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Student Support Professor Richard Coll.
The three books that were launched are Education in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific; Discussions and Debates in Pacific Education; and Inclusive Education for Exceptional Individuals: A Pacific Perspective.
The three books that were launched are ‘Education in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific’, ‘Discussions and Debates in Pacific Education’, and ‘Inclusive Education for Exceptional Individuals: A Pacific Perspective’
The Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE), Dr. Akanisi Kedrayate, acknowledged the presence of the Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellors. She also stressed that SOED can work together to achieve large publication projects.
While launching the book Education in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Professor Chandra said, “it is impressive to note that eight chapters are authored by academics from the region of which five chapters are authored by the USP staff.”
“Considering the publisher of this book, Bloomsbury, and reach of this book, the eight chapters on education in the Pacific will give better visibility of the regional issues in the area of education to the international audience,” he added.
Discussions and Debates in Pacific Education also comprise papers from Talanga: The School of Education Seminar Series. While launching the book Professor John Bythell stated that, “the book has practical importance and usefulness to a variety of audiences including the University management. A number of quantitative studies in the book will be important as USP’s educational research is often seen as more qualitative in its approach.”
The third book, Inclusive Education for Exceptional Individuals: A Pacific Perspective, was launched by Professor Richard Coll. This book is a collection of real life stories of Pacific Islanders with disabilities which provides an essential understanding of their needs with regard to education.
The authors who are also current USP staff members include Dr. Govinda Lingam, Dr. Cresantia Frances Koya-Vaka'uta and Mr. Jeremy Dorovolomo.
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