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ERIC Number: ED167671
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Ethnicity and Reading Problems in Hawaii.
Fargo, George; Laine, Janice
The reading problems unique to Hawaiian children are related to the diverse ethnic culture composition of the State. A contributing factor is the discrepancy between percentages of ethnic groups and their representations in the ranks of students and teachers. Data indicate an underrepresentation of Filipino and Hawaiian students and an overrepresentation of Chinese and Japanese students in the ranks of high academic achievers. In addition, there is a cultural and ethnic mismatch between students and teachers at both the public school and university levels. There is strong evidence that this mismatch is responsible for the low achievement rates of Filipino and Hawaiian students. The relationship between ethnicity and academic achievement is supported by a number of studies. In recognition of this relationship, two programmatic approaches, the Hawaii-English Program and the Kamehameha Early Education Program, have been implemented in an attempt to improve the English language skills of Filipino and Hawaiian students. It is hoped that the recognition of ethnic and cultural diversity in the schools will enhance the reading achievement of these pupils. (EB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii