School of Education
Acting Head of School
+679 32 32694
Qualifications: Dip Ed.,BSc (USP); MSc (Waikato); Ph.D. (Canterbury).
Room: H408 – 3rd Floor, (Education Building), Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji Contact Details:
Phone: + 679 3232694
Internal Phone: Ext 32694
Born and raised in Tonia village Tailevu, Fiji Island, Dr. Mesake Rawaikela Dakuidreketi has a high standard of professionalism, experience and dedication to Education particularly in the field of Science Education. He has more than 18 years experience as an educator at Secondary School level in Fiji after completing his Diploma in Education and Bachelor of Science at the University of the South Pacific. He has an integrated sense of what can be done to improve curricula and curriculum delivery in both Primary and Secondary school levels in Fiji. At tertiary education level, Dr Dakuidreketi continued his teaching profession at the University of the South Pacific as a Tutor/Lecturer in Science (Chemistry & Mathematics) in 1997 after he completed his Masters Degree in Science at Waikato University (NZ) at the end of 1996. He taught at the University for about three and half years before he went on to pursue his PhD study in Science Education at Canterbury University (NZ) in mid 2000. Dr Dakuidreketi has 4+ years research in Education in New Zealand and intensively researched issues in Primary and Secondary school education in Fiji (particularly those surrounding the up-take of science. Dr Dakuidreketi has also involved himself with some important Community Education Programmes. One such Programme he initiated is called the ‘PACE’ (Partners in the Advancement of Children Education) which covers Basic Computer learning for Primary and dropout school children and an adult awareness Programme for Parents and Adults. He attended some conferences in the Pacific and world-wide to present some of his work. For example in 2006, he attended the Annual CCE Conference in Port Villa, Vanuatu and presented a paper titled: “PACE: Making Education More Functional for Communities” and in April 2007, he attended the Annual CCE Conference held in Western Samoa and presented a paper titled: “Highlights and Achievement of ‘PACE’: Lesson for the Pacific”. In December, 2008, he attended the University of the South Pacific Lautoka Campus Conference and presented a paper titled: ‘Ethnic Fijian Education: Revisiting the Old Problem of Science Achievement at School’. In November, 2011, he attended the School of Education (Laucala Campus) Symposium on Technical Vocational Education Training and Non-Formal Education and presented a paper on the community ‘PACE’ Programme (Partners in the Advancement of Children’s Education). In July, 2013, he contribute a joint Paper with Dr Sereima Naisilisili & Mrs Kelesi Whippy on the 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress held at USP Laucala Campus on the topic: ‘Interrogating Indigenous Knowledge in Science Classrooms: Enhancing Achievement & Pacific Cultures’. In October, 2014, he attended a workshop in Noumea, New Caledonia on ‘Climate Change Education Inside and Outside the Classroom in the Pacific Region’. In November, 2018, he attended a meeting in Okayama University, Japan, on Asia-Pacific Regional Teacher Education for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. In November, 2019, he attended a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand as a follow-up on activities from last year’s (2018) Japan meeting of Asia-Pacific Regional Teacher Education on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Dr Dakuidreketi has wide range of publications in Books, & Journals as shown later in his list of Publications. Currently he is the Acting Head of School of Education at the University of the South Pacific (Laucala Campus).
Undergraduate Courses Taken
- ED 252: Education Psychology & the Teaching Learning Process.
- ED 359: Educational Research
Post Graduate Courses Taken
- ED 456: Studies in Science Education
- AL 400: Research Methodologies in the Humanities & Social Sciences.
Administrative and Management Responsibilities
- Currently the Acting Head of School of Education (beginning January, 2020)
- Was the Deputy Head of School of Education from 2017-2019
- Chairman of Fiji Institute of Educational Research (FIER)
- Member of the School of Education Advisory Committee
- Member of the School of Education Board of Studies
- Member of the School of Education Appointment Committee
- Editorial Board Member in ‘The International Journal of Social Science’
- Editorial Board Member of the revived Educational Journal ‘Directions’
- Member of the University Senate (2020-2022)
Qualities of Leadership and Management in Higher Education
- An academic specializing in Science Education and Research Teaching
- Completed MSc (Education) and PhD in 8 years
- Worked in academics for just under 20 years and have worked up the ranks
- An avid teacher/lecturer at both undergraduate & postgraduate level
- Mentor & build student capacities through supervision of Masters & Doctoral students
- Contribute to senior management at the university by serving on respective committees
- Involved in curriculum design and development of various Education courses through online, face to face & blended mode delivery
- Contribute to new knowledge through research and publications as per CV.
- Attend conferences and publish on a continuous basis
- Undertake consultancy as and when required
- Doctoral Research, University of Canterbury, August 2000 - 2004.
- Focus of Research: Context of Science Teaching and Learning in Fiji Primary Schools: A Comparative Study of Ethnic Fijian and Indo-Fijian Communities. This particular research was done to follow up my findings on my Masters research which shows that the problem of underachievement of Ethnic Fijian students in science courses at USP during their first year study as compared to their Indo-Fijian students’ counterparts is related to how science is taught at the grassroots level or at Primary school level in Fiji.
- Masters Research, Waikato University, 1994-1995.
- Focus of Research: Factors Contributing to Academic Under-achievement of First Year native Fijian Students in Science Courses at the University of the South Pacific. This particular research was done to find out why do first year Ethnic Fijian students are not doing well in science subjects as compared to their Indo-Fijian students’ counterparts at the University of the South Pacific.
Other Research Work Done
- Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs (Christchurch, NZ, 2003-2004).
- Gather information for the Ministry that would identify the needs of Pacific people with regards to ICT (Information Communication Technology) use in the region.
- Provide high quality advice and analysis on issues surrounding ICT and the Pacific Community
- The University of the South Pacific (Laucala Campus, 2015 - 2016)
- Did a collaborative research with other colleagues on: “The Gender Gap in Learning Achievement and Transition to Science, Technology and Mathematics in Higher Education: A Study of Seven Pacific Countries: Implications for Higher Education in the Region”
- This research aims to find out whether or not the trend for Mathematics and Science achievement for high school students in the Pacific is similar to what is already found by UNESCO research worldwide where Male students tend to do better generally in both Mathematics and Science subjects as compared to Females. The research also aim to look at the causes of the gender differences in performance in these subject areas.
- The University of the South Pacific (Laucala Campus, 2017 - 2020)
- Doing a collaborative research with two other School of Education colleagues on the topic “Ethnic Fijian Education: Revisiting the Old Problem of Science Achievement at School”. At present, we are in the analysis stage and report on this research should be able to be submitted to the Ministry of Education and at USP by the end of this year (2020).
- The University of the South Pacific (Laucala Campus, Dec, 2018 – June 2019)
- Did a collaborative research with three other colleagues from the University of Queensland, Australia on the topic “Privitisation of Schools in the Pacific Region”
- Result of this research was presented to Education International in partnership with the Council of Pacific Education (COPE) and was published by Education International (2019).
Post Graduate Supervision
- Part of the job is to;
- Conduct Supervision and Examination of students’ Post-Graduate Thesis Work – both Masters and PhD.
- Master’s Thesis Supervision: 2013-2020
- Principal Supervisor for Reema Alpana’s MA thesis on ‘Learner’s and Instructors Perceptions of and Satisfaction with Face to Face science education: Examining the needs for an online approach at the University of the South Pacific’. Student’s Progress: Thesis completed and student graduated in November, 2015).
- Principal Supervisor for Tamica Cod’s Med (SRP) on: ‘An investigation to determine the factors that Influence the Selection of Science as an Academic Major: A case study at Maud Williams High School, Belize. Student’s Progress: Thesis completed and student graduated in April 2016).
- Principal Supervisor for Ajay Meta’s MEd (SRP) on ‘What are the current Fiji Secondary school teachers’ classroom assessment and grading practices?’. Student’s Progress: Thesis completed and student graduated in April 2016.
- Principal Supervisor for Mohammed Imroz Khan’s MEd (SRP) on ‘What impact does the new assessment policy have on students and teachers in primary schools in Fiji?’ Student’s Progress: Thesis completed and student graduated in April 2017).
- Principal Supervisor for Jitendra Kumar MEd (SRP) on ‘Teachers’ and students’ perceptions and experiences of Mathematics Assessments in Fiji: A case study of a rural and an urban Primary school in Fiji.’ Student’s Progress: Thesis completed and student graduated in September, 2018.
- Principal Supervisor for Taina Hazelman’s MA on ‘The Effectiveness of Leader’s workshop for Future School Leaders: A study based on the Effectiveness of the MOE Workshop for Future Leaders in the Suva Area.’ Student’s Progress: Student currently working on thesis final Draft to be submitted for examination.
- Principal Supervisor for Rupeni Madigibuli’s MA on ‘The effectiveness of leaders;s workshop for future school leaders: A study based on the effectiveness of the Ministry of Education workshop for future leaders in the Suva area.’ Student’s Progress: Student currently working on thesis final Draft to be submitted for examination.
- Co-supervisor for Krishan Kumar’s MA on Students’ lecturers and learning designers perspectives on the use of Gamification in an online, blended and face to face undergraduate courses. Student’s Progress: Student working on final thesis write-up to be submitted for examination.
- Successful Thesis-Examiner Report Work
- 2009 – (30/10/09) Internal examiner’s report on Sanjeena Chandra MA thesis: ‘An Exploratory Study: Students’ Dropouts and Related Issues in a Fiji Sec. School’
- 2011 – (31/10/11) Internal examiner’s report on Vilimaina Molisodrau Naliva MA thesis: ‘Pacific Cultural Sustainability: A Critical Examination of Initiative and Possible Advocacy Programmes for iTaukei Studies in Schools’.
- 2012 - (17/01/12) Internal examiner’s report on Lalesh Ram Sharma MEd thesis: ‘Effectiveness of School-Based Teacher Professional Development Programmes’.
- 2014 - (24/10/14) Internal examiner’s report on Tamaline Wolfgramme MA thesis: ‘An Investigation of the Effect of the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model in Teaching Mathematics: A Case Study at a Tongan Secondary School’
- 2015 - (7/09/15) Internal examiner’s report on Atesh Satendra Ram’s` MEd thesis: ‘Benefits of Class Based Assessment in Rural Primary Schools: A Case Study of Four Primary Schools in Vanua Levu, Fiji’.
- 2019 – (06/05/19) External examiner’s report on Mohan Parmeshwar Prasad’s PhD thesis: ‘Fijian Secondary School Teachers’ Perceptions of the Interpersonal Characteristics of Professional Learning Communities’.
- PhD Thesis Supervision: 2012 – 2020
- Principal Supervisor for Narsamma Lingam’s thesis on: ‘Urban Principals’ Perception of the Impact of Leadership and Management Training in Fiji.’ Student’s Progress: Thesis completed and student graduated in April 2017).
- Co-supervisor for Kelesi Whippy’s thesis on: ‘Vakatatalo as a context for early childhood learning and development. An investigation of I taukei notions and practices of play and its implications for school.’ Student’s Progress: Student completed PhD and Graduated in the September graduation (2018).
- Principal supervisor for Sabnum Khan’s DRP thesis on: “To investigate the implications of internal assessment practices: A case study of Form 4 Basic Science curriculum in Fiji” Student’s Progress: Student currently doing Data Collection.
- Principal supervisor for Runaz Ali’s DRP thesis on: “Formative assessment and what it entails: Challenges of Class based assessment in Elementary Science – A study of Fiji Primary School” Student’s Progress: Proposal accepted. Student working on collection of Data
- Principal Supervisor for Helen Palu’s thesis on: ‘Weaving indigenous knowledge of climate change adaptation into the subject of Tonga, Society and Culture curriculum’. Student’s Progress: Student submitted Proposal & Ethics Application and awaiting approval.
List of Publications
- Dakuidreketi, M. R. (2006). Context of Science Teaching and Learning in Fiji Primary Schools: A Comparative Study of Ethnic Fijian and Indo-Fijian Communities. Lautoka: USP Lautoka Campus.
- Dakuidreketi, M. R, & Lingam, G. I. (2014). Higher Education and Community Engagement in the Pacific: Development and Policy Issues. USP Laucala Campus.
- Dakuidreketi, M. R., Hogan, A., Thompson, G., Lingard, B. (2019). Commercial Activity in Pacific Education. Education International.
Book Chapter Contribution
- Dakuidreketi, M. R. (2008) Ethnic Students Underachievement in Science at School: Cause and Solution. In Dorovolomo, et al (Eds). Pacific education: Issues and perspectives. Lautoka, Fiji: The University of the South Pacific, Lautoka Campus. pp.92-108.
- Dakuidreketi, M. R. (2008) Highlights of my Career. In Nabobo Baba, et al (Eds). Pacific educational journeys. Lautoka, Fiji: The University of the South Pacific, Lautoka Campus/School of Education. pp.105-107.
- Dakuidreketi, M. R. (2014). Making Education More Functional for Communities in Fiji: The case of the Partners in the Advancement of Children Education (PACE) Programme. In Dakuidreketi & Lingam (Eds). Higher Education and Community Engagement in the Pacific: Development and policy issues. USP Laucala Campus pp. 93-115.
- Dakuidreketi, M., Nabobo-Baba, U. & Lingam, G. I. (2014). Rethinking e-education: A challenge for the regional University of the South Pacific. In Dakuidreketi & Lingam (Eds). Higher Education and Community Engagement in the Pacific: Development and policy issues. USP Laucala Campus pp. 174-191.
- Dakuidreketi, M.R.; Bakalevu, S. & Maiwaikatakata, T. (2016). Science Education in Fiji. In Vlaardingerbroek, B. & Taylor N. (Eds), Teacher Quality in Upper Secondary Science Education. International perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan: New York.
- Dakuidreketi, M. R., (2012). Oral Traditional Thought versus Scientific/Eurocentric Thought: Implications on Indigenous Fijian and Indo-Fijian Science Learning and Achievement in Schools. American International Journal of Contemporary Research. 2, (10), pp. 95-101.
- Dakuidreketi, M. R., (2014). Scientific method and advent of literacy: towards understanding iTaukei and Indo-Fijian school students’ differential achievement in science. Universal Journal of Educational Research. 2(2), pp. 99-109.
- Dakuidreketi, M. R., (2018). What is Scientific Thinking? Examining the Philosophical views on the nature of scientific enquiry and how much it offers in determining a child’s understanding of science. Philosophy of Science Journal (In Press)