Martyn Reynolds

Martyn Reynolds
Victoria University of Wellington · School of Educational Psychology and Pedagogy

PhD

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Introduction
I am available for contract research, professional development and learning, and consulting at silvavakaconsulting@gmail.com. I am working with Associate Professor Kabini on Tok Stori and in tandem with colleagues on understanding Pacific education through concepts of Pacific origin such as vā. My current interests include the relationship between Pacific Indigenous knowledges and ways of being and western structures, particularly in education and other aspects of the public service.

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Publications (20)
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A relational approach focusses on connections between things, assuming that all things exist in relatedness. In this article, attention is given to the relationship between innovative learning environments (ILE) as described in literature, and elements of the field of Pacific education. In order to investigate this relationship, I take a layered ap...
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A literature review is generally a compendium of written material on a topic presented as research background. It functions to describe what is known in academic circles and to justify research questions that step beyond the known. A more nuanced approach involves getting “beneath the skin” of the literature itself; considering the fabric of the li...
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Indigenous knowledge is generally understood to be knowledge developed by a particular group in their specific environment over an extended period of time. In academia generally, bodies of knowledge of differing origins are not often understood. This article employs ontology as a ground for developing relational clarity in the academy by considerin...
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Mainstream thought on Pacific education tends to highlight the relatively poor educational achievement and sub-optimal experiences of Pacific learners in Aotearoa New Zealand. This article explores further understandings of the links between Pacific learners, their environments, and relational learning experiences. The argument is supported by rece...
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It is a rare event when senior scholars and actors in a field come together; more so when that takes place in the company of new and emerging scholars. Even rarer are such occasions in the Oceania region, where distance can mediate against key players coming together in time and space. When the stars align, the opportunity must be seized. This arti...
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Tok stori is a Melanesian form of dialogical engagement. Although it has been generally associated with informal activities, this article points to the potential of tok stori as a pedagogical or teaching process. Set in a school leadership programme spread across the Solomon Islands, the discussion illustrates the value of approaching the education...
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Across the world, knowledge communities categorise and attach conditions of guardianship to different kinds of knowledge. For private or secret knowledge, those responsible for its care have obligations for arranging and restricting transmission to ensure community survival. While an insider/outsider positionality is often used to navigate this kno...
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Pacific (or Pasifika) education, the education in Aotearoa New Zealand of students who have links to the Pacific region, is an area of national priority. Tapasā (Ministry of Education, 2018) is a document intended to support teachers of Pacific students to re-view their understanding and practice in order to meet the needs and goals of Pacific stud...
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Like all acts of naming, the term ‘Pasifika’, which is used to refer collectively to persons with connections to Pacific Island nations living in Aotearoa New Zealand, can be used to represent or to misrepresent, to enable or to control. Consequently, the notion of a field of Pasifika educational research is contested. This article provides a discu...
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Education in an inter-cultural space is a feature of Aotearoa New Zealand: the education system is of European origin as are many in the teaching profession, while the student population is diverse. Within that diversity are Pasifika students, those with links to Pacific Island nations resident in Aotearoa New Zealand. This article offers insights...
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Donor-funded programmes in areas such as leadership development take place in every continent. In the Western Pacific, Melanesia has been host to such programmes based on non-Melanesian thought and practice over the years. However, a review of donor-funded leadership programmes in the region reveals a history of concern regarding effectiveness but...
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The quality of relationships has been identified as a significant factor in Pasifika education. Pasifika education refers to students who have links with Pacific Islands, who are at schools in Aotearoa New Zealand. In the past, attention has been given to the type of person who can successfully create relationships as a teacher of Pasifika students...
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Set in Aotearoa New Zealand, this examination of “Pasifika”education as an inter-cultural event discusses what students from the Pacificdiaspora say about educational success. Against a backdrop of literature that pays attention to teacher-student relationships, achievement targets, and peer relationships, the article uses Pacific concepts to theor...
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The fit between methodology and context is an important matter in research. This article discusses the suitability of one research methodology, tok stori, in its indigenous location, Melanesia. Tok stori is a Melanesian Pacific relational mode of communication, widely practiced and understood, capable of application in a wide variety of Melanesian...
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To name something is to stake a claim, an action which, while having a moment of origin, requires dynamic attention to context and development. This article discusses the naming of Pacific research. It offers a brief but timely reminder of the genealogy of the field before approaching a number of issues of contemporary concern. These include the ne...
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Intercultural understanding is required for effective intercultural education. The education of Pasifika students (those with cultural and/or family ties to Pacific Islands) living in Aotearoa New Zealand is a negative case in point. Research has linked Pasifika educational achievement to the quality of relationships between teachers and Pasifika s...

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In 2001, after decades of failed educational projects (initiatives) in the region, Pacific academics initiated a meeting in Suva where they gathered together to rethink education for and by Pacific people. The 'Rethinking Pacific Education Initiative for and by Pacific People' (RPEIPP, REAP) became a regional initiative and involved key leaders from some of the 12 Pacific Island nations that the University of the South Pacific (USP) serves in Oceania. The Vaka Pasifiki Education Conference (VPEC) is a product of the RPEIPP/REAP. The VPEC vaka/waka in 2011 started in Suva, travelled in 2014 to Tonga, and then to Honiara, Solomon Islands in 2016. To celebrate USP's 50th birthday, VPEC returned to Suva in July of 2018. In 2021, the VPEC vaka/waka will travel to Micronesia in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI).