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Amton Mwaraksurmes
Amton Mwaraksurmes
Job Info
School of Education
Position Title:
Lecturer (Emalus Campus)
Contact Info
Phone #:
+67822748 ext. 113
Personal Info


DipEd, BEd [PNG], MA (Curtin], GCTT [Sth Pc.], PhD [Victoria]

Designation: Lecturer

Facsimile: +678 22633

Courses taught/teaching: 

  • ED152 – Human Development: A Lifespan Approach
  • ED153 – Education and Society
  • ED158 – Introduction to Non-Formal Education
  • ED250 – Curriculum Studies I
  • ED252 – Educational Psychology and the Teaching-Learning Process
  • ED350 – Curriculum Studies II
  • ED354 – Assessing Student Performance
  • ED359 – Educational Research

Teaching/Work experience:

  • Lecturer & Coordinator of UTP (August, 2012- current), School of Education, Faculty of Arts, Law and Education, University of the South Pacific, Emalus Campus, Vanuatu.
  • Lecturer & Head of Education Studies (February – August, 2012), Vanuatu Institute of Teacher Education, Port Vila Vanuatu.
  • Tutor (February – June, 2012), PS103 Ethics and Research Methods in the Social Sciences I, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Law and Education, University of the South Pacific.
  • Lecturer (1999-2007), Vanuatu Institute of Teacher Education, Port Vila Vanuatu.
  • Secondary School Teacher (1993-1998), Vanuatu Teaching Service Commission, Vanuatu Government.

Research Interests:

Teacher Education, Indigenous and Cultural Knowledge for Pacific Island people, Indigenous and Christian Leadership and Mathematical Learning, 

Research Experience:

  • Researcher (2009-2011), Evalue Research and Evaluation, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Academic Research (PhD) (2009-2011). Stance Marking Tools in Vanuatu Mathematics Education - Towards a Gèlagèl Framework
  • Academic Research (MA) (2001-2002). Investigating the Teachers’ Beliefs and Attitudes Towards At-risk Students in Vanuatu, Curtin University of Technology, Perth Western Australia.

Research Supervision:  

  • Associate Supervisor: 1 MED student

Pita Tiusavau - MED (SRP). A qualitative meta-analysis case studies in the use of portfolios for language learning: A grounded theory approach


  • Working Committee for National Education Advisory Council (NEAC) – 2016
  • Vanuatu National Research Center  Committee – 2016
  • Vanuatu Institute of Teacher Education Council – 2013-2016
  • Bladiniere Estate Council of Chiefs – 2016

Community engagement:

Chairman of Association Blong Vanualava Port Vila Community


Music, Soccer, Fishing. 

Publications in USP Electronic Research Repository

Presentations and Proceedings (Conference, Symposiums and Workshop)

  • Guest Speaker – Vanuatu Education Symposium on the amalgamation of higher learning institution, Port Vila, Vanuatu, 4th March 2016
  • Participant - Commonwealth of Learning Cost and Financing for Open School Workshop Chantilly Hotel, Port Vila Vanuatu, 19th November 2012.
  • Mwaraksurmes, A. (2010). Mathematical Certainties: Opening up or hindering opportunities for learning in Vanuatu? DevNet Conference, New Zealand, Palmerston North, 3rd – 4th December 2010.
  • Participant - Pacific Education Leadership Cluster: Leadership Development Workshop.  Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand 2009
  • Participant – the Melanesian Symposium, Wellington New Zealand - 2008.

Book Chapters and Reports  

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