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ERIC Number: EJ1148604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1553-541X
A Place-Based Process for Reimagining Learning in the Hawaiian Context
Sang, Kau'i; Worchel, Jessica
Voices in Urban Education, n46 p26-32 2017
What would an educational system centered on core Hawaiian values look like? The Office of Hawaiian Education, established by the Hawai'i Department of Education (HIDOE) in 2015, has been exploring this question through a community-based process that differs significantly from typical Western approaches to policymaking. Often, policymakers use a top-down approach to policy formulation and implementation that focuses on outputs, outcomes, and impact. In contrast, Hawai'i's new student outcomes framework emphasizes community and indigenous values, knowledge, and shared ownership. This values-based approach is embedded in every aspect of the Office of Hawaiian Education's work--from the student outcomes framework, to the implementation process, to the way they speak about their work. Hawai'i's unique emphasis on community, adaptability, and teaching to the whole child contains transferrable lessons for other policy efforts and contexts. This article provides reflections from leaders in the Office of Hawaiian Education as they answer questions and review their process in developing a culturally responsive assessment framework rooted in Hawai'i's indigenous context, values, and beliefs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii
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