Waikato Journal of Education

Guest Editors: David Fa’avae, Keaka Varner Hemi, Apo Aporosa

Pacific bodies of knowledge and histories have long sustained generations across geographic boundaries to ensure cultural continuity. In the current postcolonial era, online learning has added a layer to further understand learning, education, and communication across countries’ boundaries. COVID-19, the pandemic that has had an impact on lives around the world, has begun to influence our notions and understanding of vā/va, a concept and practice inherent in Pacific peoples’ relational connections. ‘Wayfinding’ or navigating educational contexts and clearly articulating peoples’ relational positionality within research, is about honouring the diverse languages and lived realities of Pacific peoples in the moana (Oceania). 

This special section is a call for talanoa vā/va. The special section of Waikato Journal of Education will enable and encourage critical conversations among Pacific educators, researchers, and academics to respond to the pandemic’s effect on moving learning to physically distant means. How do Pacific concepts and ideas operate in such a physically distant context, when traditional practices and concepts are predicated on physical proximity?  The special section is an opportunity to examine tensions and complexities associated with using Indigenous and Pacific approaches to educational research with Pacific communities in the moana. The special section may result in a  better understanding of appropriate ways to honour research connections and engagement in Pacific communities, particularly when physical distancing is a requirement for social survival.

We seek contributions that focus on Pacific voices, drawing on Indigenous philosophy, knowledge and values. We welcome submissions that respond to the following:

  • How are ethics and engagement honoured during talanoa that must use online means?
  • What does it mean to honour vā/va and practice Pacific research approaches during COVID-19 and future physical distancing requirements?
  • What does it mean to wayfind Pacific research and online engagement?
  • How are Indigenous people represented in online education research?
  • What are the tensions and complexities associated with the practice of Indigenous approaches in online research?

Manuscripts should range between 4,000 and 6,000 words, inclusive of the title, abstract, a positionality statement, figure captions, footnotes, endnotes, and references.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE for full articles is 3rd September 2020. See WJE’s submission requirements at https://wje.org.nz/index.php/WJE/information/authors