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ERIC Number: ED257886
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar-15
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
The Educational Needs of American Samoan Students.
Luce, Patosina
Data on the status of Samoan students reveal that they suffer severe educational deprivation in many areas. This deprivation is obscured and often exacerbated by grouping data on Pacific Islanders with that on the comparatively more successful, more numerous, culturally very different and generally more urbanized Asian American groups. While early American Samoan migrants were economically successfu3, economic shifts and downturns have led to the disappearance of employment opportunities, especially for the large numbers who do not possess adequate educational skills. The particular educational problems facing American Samoan communities are: (1) limited English proficiency skills; (2) the isolation of American Samoan communities from the schools their children attend, exacerbating poor communication between teachers and parents; (3) a profound cultural barrier; (4) a lack of knowledge of Pacific Island culture among local educational agencies and teachers; and (5) lack of technical curriculum support for schools and school districts with large Samoan enrollments. These problems lead to a high dropout rate from high school, a very small percentage of Samoans reaching and completing college, and a poor overall level of scholastic performance at all grade levels. (RDN)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A