ERIC Number: ED160690
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
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Educational Policy and Cultural Change in American Samoa.
Baldauf, Richard B., Jr.
Until recently, the educational system has resisted orientation toward change and has represented traditionally enculturated values and cultural stability. Current perspectives, however, indicate that formal schooling is a prominent factor in societal modernization and individual modernity. Exemplifying this aspect of education is the experience of American Samoa with western education. Western education was, in cultural terms, a radical element within Samoan society. Its initial development had little influence in changing Samoan culture, but a complete restructuring, rebuilding and partial restaffing of a cooperative education effort from 1964-72 had a major impact on the community at large. By the early 1970's, many of the basic tenets of traditional Samoan culture were being seriously challenged. In this situation, education seems to have been an acculturative agent rather than one of cultural stability. There is also some evidence to support the assumption that cooperative education has had an impact on the individual student as well. (Author/EB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: American Samoa