Digital spaces : Pasifika parents and caregivers talanoa on the impact of digital technologies
Tuitama, Rosalind Fuailelagi
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Citation:Tuitama, R. F. (2020). Digital spaces : Pasifika parents and caregivers talanoa on the impact of digital technologies. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Applied Practice). Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10652/4978
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RESEARCH QUESTIONS: 1. What are Pasifika parents and caregivers perspectives on the access and use of digital technologies? 2. What are Pasifika parents and caregivers beliefs about using digital technologies at school and the connections with home learning? 3. How do Pasifika parents and caregivers view digital technologies and the impact on family life and cultural responsibilities? ABSTRACT: 21st Century education now requires students to learn using digital technologies. This allows for learning to occur any place and at any time. This requirement, however, involves access to the internet and digital devices in order for learning to continue beyond the classroom. This study investigates perspectives of Pasifika parents and caregivers from low-socio communities and the impact of digital technologies on children’s education, family and culture. Using talanoa qualitative methods within the Teu Le Va construct, allowed participants to talanoa through semi-structured interviews. Ten parents and caregivers of Pasifika descent namely from the Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Niue and Fiji took part in the study. The data analysis revealed three key themes: (1) Disconnections of parents/caregivers within cyberspace from their children; digital exclusions because of access and skill (2) Reconnections to disadvantaged traditions with traditional inequalities and (3) Interconnections of parents/caregivers with digital technologies and how they currently navigate the digital space. Recommendations are made for equitable access for families in low-socio communities around wifi and digital devices. The importance of upskilling parents and caregivers from these communities so that they remain connected with their children in cyberspace and the digital economy. The need for schools to review how parents and caregivers are involved in creating culturally responsive pathways in children’s digital learning.