ERIC Number: ED353056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Young Children and Education in the Pacific: A Look at the Research.
Kawakami, Alice J.
This paper examines research on school performance of ethnic minorities in the United States and the Pacific islands in an effort to develop new approaches to the education of Pacific island children. The examination reveals that children who come from American homes that are outside of the mainstream often experience difficulty in Western-style classrooms that are organized according to culturally different assumptions about the use of time, space, language, and instructional strategies. In general, the research shows that orientation to peers, group performance, and meaningful topics plays a greater role in the learning of island students than in the learning of students from American mainstream families. To help improve the education of island children, classrooms may have to be reorganized to allow students to work with their peers in heterogeneous groups for both instruction and independent work. Pacing and timing, and the amount of teacher control, may also need to be adjusted to match the performance of students. Parents and teachers need to discuss their expectations and collaboratively develop school environments and curriculum that will benefit Pacific island children. (Contains 19 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pacific Region Educational Lab., Honolulu, HI.
Identifiers - Location: United States