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Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 47–52 | Cite as

Early Care, Education, and Family Life in Rural Fiji: Experiences and Reflections

  • Janis Bullock
Article

Abstract

As a member of a delegation of educators, physicians, and lay people to rural Fiji the author shares her experiences and reflections of early care, education, and family life on a small, remote island. She discusses her visits to the village and boarding school, and her interactions with teachers, children, and parents in the early childhood classroom and community. Her understanding of teacher education and preparation, the primary educational system, and curriculum goals and revisions of the country are highlighted.

Keywords

earlycare and education teacher education family and community life rural Fiji 

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© Springer 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Health and Human DevelopmentMontana State UniversityBozemanUSA
  2. 2.Department of Health and Human Development Montana State UniversityBozemanUSA

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