ERIC Number: ED395068
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Culture and Learning at Home and School: A Study in Kosrae State.
Kawakami, Alice J.; And Others
The Home and School Learning Contexts Study was conducted in Kosrae State (Federated States of Micronesia) by the Pacific Region Educational Laboratory to obtain data on learning styles at home and in the primary grades, to develop recommendations for integrating home and school learning styles, to implement the recommendations in the primary classroom, and to collaborate with local educators in carrying out this applied research and implementation. The research consisted of an ethnographic study of home and school contexts and an implementation study in a first-grade classroom, both conducted over a 3-year period. Twelve preschool and 14 grade one observations were conducted, and 16 home observations were conducted for 4 boys and 4 girls. Six parent interviews and two teacher interviews completed the data. Home learning occurred in a variety of group structures, tended to be child initiated, and focused on functional activities. School learning occurred in less flexible structures, was usually teacher-directed, and required language as the primary medium of response. The implementation study found that changes to classroom structure could bring some of the features of home learning into the classroom. Recommendations include: (1) further research should be conducted to better define the elements of home and community as well as school learning processes; (2) classroom programs for young children should be adapted through changes to classroom structures, instructional strategies and materials development, to more closely align home and school learning; and (3) mechanisms for communicating student progress to parents and other teachers should be developed to increase parent involvement and the concept of shared responsibility for effective learning in the child's community. Fifteen appendixes provide supplemental information, including instruments used in the study. (Contains 3 tables, 16 figures, and 19 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Region Educational Lab., Honolulu, HI.
Identifiers: Federated States of Micronesia (Kosrae)