Low participation levels of Aoga Amata (Pasifika early childhood centres) in integrating information and communication technologies (ICT) into their practices spurred Fa’atamali’i into further research on the topic.
A Samoan perspective on ICT
Fa'atamali'i spent years teaching in ECE, including Samoan Aoga Amata, and saw the need for early childhood education (ECE) teachers to be better informed about the role ICT could play in education.
Her masters thesis aims to explore the view of ICT from a Samoan perspective as well as the benefits and challenges of the use of ICT for Samoan teachers in Aoga Amata.
"My main research question is: "In what ways do Samoanborn teachers, working in Samoan Aoga Amata in Aotearoa, view ICT and its implementation into their programmes?'" she says.
Research already conducted suggests ECE teachers need to have guidance and opportunities to become capable, competent and informed about the educational role and potential of ICT in their services. She has also identified low levels of participation from Pacific Island early childhood centres in integrating ICT services into their practices.
Fa'atamali'i hopes her research will enhance ICT usage in Aoga Amata, and provide clarity around the benefits of using ICT for teachers' education and training programmes for teachers. She has already begun to share aspects of her research with communities such as her Samoan community through workshops and conferences.
Supervisors go the extra mile
The support AUT offers masters students has been invaluable.
"My supervisors are competent and proficient and always go the extra mile. The university continually grows to meet the community's needs. The new South campus is also much closer to home for me."