The school library supports literacy and learning outcomes for Pasifika students by providing access to a range of culturally relevant resources targeted to their needs and interests.
Resource selection needs to address both the following questions:
- How can we bring Pacific worlds and works into the classroom for Pasifika - and non-Pasifika - students?
- How can we bring mainstream worlds and works to Pasifika learners in a relevant and meaningful way?
Use the School Community Profile template to help picture your school community and gather information about the learning needs and interests of your Pasifika students.
Also analyse your school’s reading data and your library management system’s student borrower records, to identify current patterns in reading abilities and trends in reading interests.
You can use surveys to find out what your Pasifika students enjoy reading about. For more information, including sample surveys, refer to Library surveys.
Our Selection guide is another tool you can download and follow, as you make resource selection decisions.
- Home language materials, highlighted face out or in labelled boxes
- Bilingual materials (to help encourage language development and literacy in one or more languages by providing an opportunity to engage, compare and interpret)
The NZ Pacific Picture Book Collection www.pacificpicturebooks.co.nz
- Information about Pacific Islands and cultures. Check that the content is authentic, and fairly represents perspectives of Pacific peoples rather than colonial or tourist perspectives.
- Materials that reflect Pasifika experience in New Zealand (to support the growth of a secure identity as New Zealand Pasifika).
- Literature that may describe familiar real-life experiences, including stories about succeeding against odds and overcoming oppression.
However, Pasifika students’ reading tastes are very similar to those of other young New Zealanders. They appreciate high interest, ‘cool’ resources, and are influenced by peer preferences and recommendations. Many are avid followers of fiction, but others prefer non-fiction.
In line with your collection strategy for supporting Pasifika students, here is some further information to help find digital resources and suppliers of materials. Think about how you can make digital resources easily accessible for teachers, students parents and families, as part of the library’s online presence on the school’s learning management system.
- High interest topics which include websites on Pacific Island countries: Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga and Tuvalu
- Digital resources – Pasifika cultures and themes (DOC)
- Pasifika resources – book suppliers and publishers
- Siteine, A., & Samu, T.W. (2009). Perceptions of the Pacific in New Zealand social studies programmes (PDF). Pacific-Asian Education, 21(1), 51-58. This study compares three approaches, “Oceanic”, “small island” and “tourist”.
- Pasifika units on Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI). Use TKI’s search box to locate “Pasifika units” for learning and teaching programmes.
- Pasifika Online Community on this website.