ERIC Number: ED422325
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Starting Blocks or Stumbling Blocks to Higher Education: Case Studies of Native Hawaiian Women.
Maaka, Margaret J.; Au, Kathryn H.; Luna, Corrina A.
This study examined issues of educational equity, emphasizing how native Hawaiian women came to be educators, how their experiences as pupils influenced their professional development as teachers, how their commitments developed over time, and how their professional development could be fostered in preservice and inservice settings. The five native Hawaiian participants were all enrolled in a preservice teacher education program at the University of Hawaii. Researchers asked them to report on several factors identified as impacting the progress of students from groups underrepresented in higher education and to describe their perceptions and experiences. The factors included: expectations of academic success; preparation for academic studies; influence of socioeconomic status; support and encouragement from friends, family, and teachers; social/health issues; success in mastering the mainstream culture of the education system, especially English language instruction; experiences with stereotypes and discriminatory practices; presence or absence of role models; experiences with program admission requirements; and ability to assimilate into the university system. Researchers collected the data using life history interviews, personal narratives, and reaction papers. Four of the five women reported several factors that hindered their progress, including low self-expectations of academic success, poor preparation for academic study, discriminatory treatment by some teachers, and problems passing the admission test requirement. Some also had difficulties with family finances and with mastering mainstream English. (Contains 20 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Admission (School), Cultural Influences, Equal Education, Ethnic Stereotypes, Hawaiians, Higher Education, Racial Bias, Racial Discrimination, Self Efficacy, Sex Bias, Sex Discrimination, Socioeconomic Influences, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Expectations of Students, Womens Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii