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ERIC Number: ED398755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-11
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Native Hawaiians on Moloka'i: Culture, Community, and Schooling.
Yamauchi, Lois A.; And Others
A study examined the values, expectations, and experiences in school among residents of the island of Moloka'i (Hawaii). Using semi-structured interviews, researchers sought to establish whether native Hawaiians' values and experiences in school were distinguishable from other Moloka'i community members, including those of school personnel. As a group, native Hawaiians are among the lowest-scoring minorities in the nation on standardized achievement tests, and research suggests that misunderstanding of school activities and resistance to its values, especially as they are in conflict with home values, are common. Participants were 12 native Hawaiians and 18 other residents from varied ethnic groups, aged 20-81. Interviews focused on personal values, observed values of others, cultural compatibility of schooling, specifically Hawaiian aspects of the community or schools, success or failure of teachers, and island lifestyle. Analysis compared these variables across demographic variables. Results suggest possible existence of three somewhat distinct cultural spheres: local Moloka'i community and its shared culture; the culture of the school community; and the more Hawaiian home culture. While some interviewees felt school was competitive, none attributed academic failure to the institution itself, but to families and student effort. Subjects also perceived ethnic differences in educational attitudes. (Contains 23 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii