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ERIC Number: EJ1123883
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2194-654X
Promoting Personal and Career Development among At-Risk Hawaiian Youth: Effects of the Hawaiian Studies Program on Program Graduates
Yamauchi, Lois A.; Brown, Linda R.
Multicultural Learning and Teaching, v2 n2 p45-64 Aug 2007
Like many other culturally and linguistically diverse students, Native Hawaiians are over-represented among those in special education, score lower on standardized achievement tests, and are at greater risk for dropping-out. The Hawaiian Studies Program (HSP) was a culturally relevant academic program that incorporated learning about Hawaiian culture with high school curriculum in science, social studies, and English. Students spent one full day each week participating in community service-learning. This study examined HSP graduates? perceptions of their high school experiences and the effects of the program on the personal and career development of these young adults. Methods included a survey of 22 former HSP students and semi-structured interviews with 12 of the respondents. Data suggested that HSP graduates recalled high school as interesting and motivating. Many were working toward careers in medicine, education and environmental science because of the program?s emphasis on these disciplines. Graduates also reported effects on self-confidence and knowledge of Hawaiian culture. They reported a strong sense of connection to and responsibility for the community and volunteered widely in community affairs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii
Grant or Contract Numbers: R306A6001