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Talanga - Purposeful Educational Dialogue

Date: May, 20, 2008 14:12 Age: 10 yrs

In place of the 'brown bag series', the School of Education launched its new seminar series on March 30th. The series is titled 'Talanga' from the Tongan language, meaning purposeful dialogue. It is envisaged that in addition to the traditional seminar series, the Talanga series will also provide an avenue for staff to present working papers which will enable the discussion of on-going research projects and consultancies. to share

Prof. Konai Helu Thaman keeps her audience captive at her presentation.

The First Talanga session presented by Dr. Unaisi Nabobo-Baba was held on March 30. Dr. Nabobo captivated her large audience comprised of Ministry officials, USP staff and members of the Fiji Advanced College of Education with her discussion of her Doctoral studies research undertaken in New Zealand.  Of particular interest was the Taxonomy of Silence designed by Nabobo to try to explain the various categories of silence that exists within the context of the Fijian culture.

In a second seminar, held on April 28, Jeremy Dorovoloco, the coordinator of Physical Education courses within SOE made a convincing arguement in his seminar titled " Regular Physical Activity: An Urgent Health Need in the Pacific Isands'. Dorovolomo discussed the common illnesses realted to poor eating habits and  general sedatory lifestyles of pacific islanders.

Professor of Pacific Education and Culture and UNESCO Chair in Teacher Education and Culture presented on the topic "Ethics of Knowledge Production". Her discussion focused onthe implications for research conducted in the Pacific. She also looked at the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights in the context of Pacific Research and Ethics Education.

For abstracts and papers of the seminars presented please access Talanga Series Folder, or contact individual presenters.

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