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Lavinia Tiko
Lavinia Tiko
Job Info
School of Education
Position Title:
Senior Lecturer
Contact Info
Phone #:
+679 32 32350
Fax #:
+679 32 31571
Personal Info


PhD (Child Psychology) [UNE, Australia];  MA(Early Years), IOE, [UK]; Grad Dip Educational Leadership, BED (ECE); [Waikato], NZ; Primary Teachers Certificate, Early Childhood & Special Education Certificate [Fiji]

Designation: Teacher Educator - Lecturer SOED

Room: 412

Dr Lavinia Tiko is the coordinator for the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education and Care). Prior to this, she was the Lecturer in Education psychology and pedagogies at the then Lautoka Teachers College (now FNU). She also served as a Senior Education Officer (ECE) at the Ministry of Education. Dr Tiko has vast experiences in teaching in primary early years and her interest lies in infant teaching which is her area of specialty in most of her qualifications. Dr Lavinia has a certificate in ECE and Special Education at the then FCAE (now FNU). She graduated from Waikato University with the Bachelor of Education (Professional Studies in ECE) and a Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership in 2000. She also studied at the University of London’s Institute of Education in 2004-2005 where she attained her Master of Arts (Early Years). She furthered her studies at the University of New England, NSW, Australia in 2012-2015 where she gained her Doctor of Philosophy that focused on child psychology. Dr Lavinia Tiko has published articles that are related to areas such as, indigenous education and culture, holistic ECE policy development, transition to schools and teacher education practice. Further, her research interests are in areas such as, curriculum and assessment, literacy and numeracy in the early years, education psychology in terms of theories and pedagogies of learning and teaching in schools, transition to formal educational settings, teaching and learning best practices, economics of early childhood education, sustainability practices in early childhood education and care and leadership and management in ECEC settings.

PhD Thesis Examiners

Professor Lyn Fasoli (Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Alice Springs, Australia)
Associate Professor Jenny Ritchie (Victoria University, New Zealand)
Dr Seu'ula Johansson-Fua (Institute of Education, USP)

MA Dissertation Examiner

Dr Margaret Brooks (Institute of Education, University of London)

Courses taught/teaching

  • ED103 - Understanding children and childhood
  • ED152 -  Human Development: A lifespan Approach
  • ED204 - Social Competence & Emotional Health In Young Children
  • ED205 - Programme Planning & Curriculum Integration in ECEC
  • ED206 - Creative Arts in ECEC
  • ED302 - Play Pedagogies in ECEC
  • ED304 - Families and Communities in ECEC
  • ED300 - Practicum

Teaching experience: 27 years 

Research Interests/experience: 

  • Early Years learning and development
  • Curriculum Studies & Program Planning in ECEC
  • Leadership and Management in ECEC
  • Literacy & Numeracy in the early years
  • Sustainability in ECEC
  • Teaching pedagogies & good classroom practices
  • Special and Inclusive Education.
  • Indigenous Education

Research Supervision: 3 MEd students & Co-supervisor for 2 PhD students


  • Cambridge University Press (Text Book)
  • Springer Publishing House
  • Emerald Publishing (Journal of Educational Management)


  • PhD Thesis
  • MA Thesis
  • SRP (Supervised Research Project)

Committees and Community engagement: 

  • Chairman-SOE Social Committee
  • Member of the  MOE ECEC Curriculum Advisory
  • Member of the Fulton College Academic Committee
  • Member of the AQEP Evaluation Committee

Interests/Hobbies: Reading, Cooking & Baking 

Publications in USP Electronic Research Repository

Book Chapter/Reports

  • Asia-Pacific Regional Report: Financing for Early Childhood Care and Education. (2016). UNESCO Bangkok http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002457/245777E.pdf
  • Tiko, Lavinia and Nabobo-Baba, Unaisi (2009) Indigenous Fijian cultural conceptions of mentoring and related capacity building: Implications for teacher education. In: Conversations on Early Childhood Teacher Education. World Forum Foundation, Auckland, New Zealand. ISBN 0942702506, 9780942702507
  • Tiko, Lavinia (2008) Growing up in a rural and remote island village in Lau, Fiji. In: Pacific Educational Journeys. University of the South Pacific, Lautoka, Fiji. ISBN 9820108217, 9789820108219
  • Tiko, Lavinia (2008) The role of Fiji parents, teachers and teacher educators in the transition of children from pre-school to primary grade one. In: Pacific Education: Issues and Perspectives. University of the South Pacific, Lautoka, Fiji. ISBN 9820108209, 9789820108202
  • Tiko, Lavinia and Fusitu’a, L. and Shuster, L. and Arukelana, J.A. (2007) Teaching practice: new times for the Pacific. In: The Pacific Voices: Teacher Education on the Move. Institute of Education, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, pp. 104-116. ISBN 9789820108103
  • Tiko, Lavinia (2015) A Professional Role - Pedagogy Creator. In: Leading and Managing Early Childhood Settings: Inspiring people, places and practices. Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia, pp. 120-144. ISBN 978-1-107-66918-5
  • Tiko, Lavinia (2015) A Professional Role – A Policy Designer. In: Leading and Managing Early Childhood Settings: Inspiring people, places and practices. Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia, pp. 102-117. ISBN 978-1-107-66918-5
  • Tiko, Lavinia (2015) A Professional Role – A Rights Advocate. In: Leading and Managing Early Childhood Settings: Inspiring people, places and practices. Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia, pp. 146-161. ISBN 978-1-107-66918-5

Journal Article

  • Dayal, H, & Tiko, L. (2020). Are we going to have real school? A case study of early childhood education and care teachers’ experiences surrounding education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood. In https://doi.org/10.1177/1836939120966085
  • Sims, M. and Tiko, L. (2019). Neoliberalism and post-colonialism in conflict: Hybridisation in early childhood in the South Pacific. NZ International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal, 22(1), 15-30. Retrieved from https://www.childforum.com/research/2019-nz-international-early-childhood-education-journal/1686-indigenous-early-childhood-education.html
  • Sims, Margaret and Alexander, Elise and Nislin, Mari and Pedey, Karma and Tiko, Lavinia and Sajaniemi, Nina (2018) Infant and toddler educare: A challenge to neoliberalism. South African Journal of Childhood Education, 8 (1). NA. ISSN 2223-7674
  • Sims, M; Alexander, E; Pedey, K & Tausere-Tiko, L. (2018). What discourses relating to the purpose of early childhood are shaping the work of early childhood practitioners in three different contexts: UK, Bhutan and the South Pacific. Early Years: an international research journal. pp 2-25.  URL: http:/mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ceye 
  • Tiko, L. (2017). Creating an early childhood curriculum pathway for sustaining indigenous Fijian cultural knowledges. NZ International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal, 20 (1), 17-33. Retrieved from www.childforum.com/research/nz-international-early-childhood-education-journal-2017.html
  • Tiko, L. (2017). Equality and diversity in ECE curriculum: Creating and early childhood pathway for sustaining Indigenous Fijian cultural knowledges. Journal of New Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education.
  • Scott-Parker, Bridie and Nunn, Patrick D. and Mulgrew, Kate and Hine, Don and Marks, Anthony and Mahar, Doug and Tiko, Lavinia (2016) Pacific Islanders’ understanding of climate change: Where do they source information and to what extent do they trust it? Regional Environmental Change, NA . NA. ISSN 1436-3798
  • Sims, Margaret and Tiko, Lavinia (2016) We’re going on a bear hunt: Reconciling neoliberalism and postcolonialism in Pacific early childhood. Cogent Education , 3 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN NA
  • Tiko, Lavinia (2013) Understanding indigenous Fijian notions of child development within global influences: some views from the literature. Micronesian Educator, 18 . pp. 120-139. ISSN 1061-088X 
  • 2018 Publication: Margaret Sims, Elise Alexander, Mari Nislin, Karma Pedey, Lavinia Tausere Tiko, Nina Sajaniemi. (2018). Infant and toddler educare: A challenge to neoliberialism. South African Journal of Childhood Education | Vol.8 No.1 | a594 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajce.v8i1.594 

Conference Proceedings

  •  Tiko, Lavinia (2013) Enabling policy environment for holistic ECD: a case of Fiji.
  • Tiko, Lavinia (2013) ITaukei notions of child development: understanding children's ways of learning, knowing and doing and implications for policy and practice in the early years of school

Professional and Technical Reports

Tiko, Lavinia (2016) Asia-Pacific Regional Report: Financing for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE).[Professional and Technical Reports]



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