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ERIC Number: ED565981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 129
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3036-9480-6
An Awareness of Local Identity: Influence of Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific (HAP) Issues Course at Kapi'olani Community College
Sakamoto, Shannon
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
As diversity coursework throughout the continental United States increases in presence at post-secondary institutions, the composition of ethnic diversity within the archipelago of Hawaii is different. The dominant group is non-white, and the diversity coursework requirement of University of Hawaii system is designed to highlight the unique culmination of cultures that intersect in the Hawaiian Islands. This phenomenological research study examined the influence of the Hawaiian, Asian, and/or Pacific (HAP) Issues courses on the Local Identity Development of thirty student participants at Kapi'olani Community College who self-identified as Local. The participants were asked to engage in 45-60 minute interviews, to share their definition of the Local culture, and how the course influenced their identity as a Local in Hawaii. The data analysis indicated that most participants felt the course validated their sense of self, in relation to the Local identity. The analysis refers to quotes and observations the participants shared in their interviews. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii