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ERIC Number: ED425675
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 143
Abstractor: N/A
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Higher Educational Perspectives: Through the Narratives of Samoan College Students.
Tsutsumoto, Thomas Sakai
This thesis examines the experiences of nine Samoan college students attending institutions of higher education in Los Angeles (California) County. In-depth interviews were conducted to find students' perspectives on: (1) barriers to higher education for Samoan students; (2) the means by which these students have dealt with or overcome these barriers; and (3) their recommendations for improving the educational access and retention of Samoan and other Pacific American students. First, an introductory chapter presents a literature review and explains the study's methodology and significance. Chapter 2 discusses social contexts for Samoan students, including Samoan history, the sociodemographic context of U.S. Samoan communities, issues within Samoan communities in the United States, educational issues facing Samoan youth, and the marginalization and minimal representation of Samoans in higher education. Chapter 3 presents narrative excerpts from the student interviews organized into three categories: obstacles to higher education, overcoming barriers, and solutions/recommendations. Recommendations are further organized into 10 topics, which include the need to recruit Samoan/Pacific Islander faculty and staff; teacher training in Samoan/Pacific Islander culture; and special assistance to Samoan student athletes. Seven appendices include definitions of Samoan terms, consent forms, the interview instrument, maps, and enrollment data. (Contains 86 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California