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ERIC Number: ED180192
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
A Pan-Pacific Samoan Population/Language Dominance Survey.
van Naerssen, Margaret M.
Population and language dominance data were gathered on Samoans from New Zealand to the West Coast of the United States, in order to assist educational programs in coordinating the development of classroom and teacher training materials and programs for Samoan students. It is hoped that by pinpointing locations where Samoans are most likely to be found in concentrations and by providing some Samoan population and language dominance totals, two objectives will be met: school districts and programs aimed at serving Samoans will be better able to initiate contacts for sharing ideas and materials, thus avoiding unnecessary duplication of efforts; and a more sophisticated approach will be taken by educational planners and materials disseminators towards meeting the educational needs of Samoan students across the Pacific. The geographical areas included are American Samoa, Western Samoa, New Zealand, Oregon, Washington, California, and Hawaii. In each area the totals may seem relatively small, but combined they represent a large population. In the discussion of data special problems and considerations are raised regarding the educational implications of the data. Appendices describe some educational programs aimed at serving Samoan students, and a data collection effort implemented by Hawaii. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American Samoa; Bilingual Programs; New Zealand; Samoans; United States (West); Western Samoa