- Nakhid, Camille. 2003. “Intercultural Perceptions, Academic Achievement, and the Identifying Process of Pacific Islands Students in New Zealand Schools.” The Journal of Negro Education, Vol. 72, No. 3, pp.297-317. Washington, D.C. United States: Journal of Negro Education.
This article attempts to find a more effective and accurate explanation for the failure of schools to address the lack of academic achievement of Pasifika (Pacific Islands) students in New Zealand education. It is argued here that a necessary condition of academic success for these students is for them to be able to carry out their own identifying process and to have this process valued by the school. An empirical study using a mediated dialogue methodology was carried out to determine the value given by the schools to this identifying process by having students and teachers examine the accuracy of the perceptions they hold of each other. The results of the study indicate that the perceptions held by the schools and teachers of Pasifika students and their failure to recognize the students’ identifying process influence their responses to these students in ways that adversely affect their educational achievement and opportunities.