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ERIC Number: ED101046
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 18
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Socialization for Educability in a Cross-Cultural Context: Some of the Findings of the UCLA Hawaii Project.
Gaile, Sandra L.
Research was conducted in a rural Hawaiian school and community among kindergarten Polynesian-American children and their families in order to determine what situational attributes and home environments were associated with better school performance. Classroom behavioral observations were conducted, the teacher was asked to evaluate the student, each child was individually interviewed, and other family information was collected using ethnographic fieldwork methods. Upon evaluating the data, differences were found in the frequency of task or work oriented behavior which varied according to the number of siblings in the family. That is, children from smaller families attended to the teacher more closely and they were more frequently found to be "on-task" during the behavioral observations. Some Sex differences in behavior were also noted. Girls were more likely to use their verbal communication channels to meet the demands of the classroom setting than boys were. Hawaiian children are expected to learn through the combined processes of close observation, social imitation, trial and error and without the benefit of indulgent or encouraging parental reinforcement for academic work at home. So it seems obvious that problems arise when they enter a school system based on principles of intentional instruction. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii