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In order to explore Pasifika students’ understandings and knowledges about schooling, identity, class and ethnicity, I aim to spend 2-3 days a week in one South Auckland school during terms one and two of 2007. During this time I will conduct conversations with students and teachers, experience school life and spend time in classrooms. Not being able to observe all classes or speak with all students, I have chosen senior health and physical education students as the main focus, for two reasons: i) because large numbers of students in this school choose to study health and physical education, indeed more students than any other senior subject bar English, and (ii) because the national curriculum policy in this subject is recognised internationally as being ‘socio-cultural’ in orientation (Penney & Harris, 2004) with aims aligned to social justice and equity (Ministry of Education, 1999). Specific aims: To gain insight into students’ perceptions of their educational experiences with specific reference to cultured, ethnic, gendered and other identities. v To theorise these individual (and group) understandings by contextualising their voices in the social, political, and historical landscape affecting their communities and selves.
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