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International Pasifika ECE conference - Voyaging the Oceanic Terrains: Sustainability in Pasifika ECE

Conference proceedings/abstracts

Notice: Call for abstracts extended until 23rd June 2016

First Call for Abstracts: The IPECE2 invites participants to submit an abstract [150 – 200 words] in response to one of the conference themes. Email in a word document to

Submissions are by way of:
Paper presentation [20mins – 10 mins discussion]
Symposium [60 mins]
Workshop [60 mins]
Poster [displayed during conference times]
Open: 31st March 2016
Close: 30th April 2016
Notification: 6th May 2016


The theme for the 2016 conference continues the critical discussions and lessons learned and shared from the first conference. Hosted by the University of the South Pacific in Suva Fiji, in conjunction with the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work, the location of the conference within the heart of the Pacific continues the desire to advance stronger and closer working relationships across the Oceanic region. The notion of ‘voyaging’ highlights that such a journey is continuous and requires on-going opportunities for academics, researchers, scholars, educators,  policy makers and those within the ECE sector to come together. This strengthened by a shared understanding and commitment to continually build and enhance Pasifika ECE. With the relentless threats concerning climate change within the Pacific region coupled with economical and political anomalies, ideas associated with ‘sustainability’ call for new, innovative and creative ways that espouse Pasifika ECE. This conference provides such an opportunity to do just that. We understand the kinds of synergies that can be engendered within a hybrid of the collective and the potential that exist when people unite for a common purpose. We are excited about the possibilities for collaborations in research, for developing new and strengthening existing networks, and for the exchange of new knowledge and learning.


Strategically linked to the theme of the conference, participants are able to structure their presentations within 5 key strands.

Curriculum Development: The conference theme has provided yet another unique time and space to reconceptualise the ways in which curriclum developments in Pasifika ECE services within the Oceanic realm have been understood, influenced, challenged, and critiqued. We invite presentations within this strand to critically reflect and to consider the significance of curricular design, making reference to its meanings, interpretations and delivery. In addition, the impact these have towards Pacific languages, cultures and identities. It calls to address in part, the role and place of local and indigenous knowledge within the curriclum.

Policy: We have come a long way in this Pasifika ECE journey and this conference is yet another milestone to look back and say “are we doing it right?”.  Thus, the conference theme is timely and we call for presentations that will critically and analytically set the tone for enabling Pasifika ECE policy environments that will provide better and engaging learning outcomes that will bring about vibrancy and tranformations in our practices.

Pedagogical Knowledge and Practice: As an on-going celebration of our continuous voyage in learning and teaching, we invite presentations that explore different Pasifika pedagogical knowledge and practice that outline ways in which growth, learning and development is celebrated in the various ECE communities.  Specifically, the presentations are expected to critically examine how the ECE curriculum outcomes are translated and/or demonstrated into meaningful learning opportunities in an attempt to achieve potential socio-economic stability for the current and future generations.  

Research: As the conference theme encapsulates the celebration of our continuous voyage in learning and teaching, we invite presentations that explore different Pasifika research methodologies and methods that outline ways in which early childhood education research has been received and used within communities, ECE environments and Oceania literature.  Presentations are expected to analyse, assess and evaluate how such interpretations may support Oceania research in ECE practices for sustainability for the future.

Leadership: In the spirit of the conference theme we invite presentations that investigate leadership and its place in sustaining Pasifika early childhood education within early childhood contexts and/or wider Oceania. In an attempt to re-imagine leadership and the future of leadership for Pasifika ECE, consideration of Pasifika community, collective responsibility and Pasifika conceptualisations of practice may be explored. All presentations are expected to engage critically with cultural, political and philosophical perspectives of leadership.