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ERIC Number: EJ1155334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
"Mohala i ka wai": Cultural Advantage as a Framework for Indigenous Culture-Based Education and Student Outcomes
Kana'iaupuni, Shawn Malia; Ledward, Brandon; Malone, Nolan
American Educational Research Journal, v54 n1 suppl p311S-339S Apr 2017
The framework of cultural advantage calls researchers and leaders to reexamine the structures, paradigms, and practices of effective education. We argue that the moral imperative in this challenge is to critically scrutinize and counter the way education systems perpetuate systematic inequities in opportunities and outcomes afforded to certain groups in society, in effect curtailing cultural and linguistic diversity and innovation. Our findings from research conducted in Hawai'i indicate that learners thrive with culture-based education (CBE), especially Indigenous students who experience positive socioemotional and other outcomes when teachers are high CBE users and when learning in high-CBE school environments. Educational progress will come from forward-oriented research and leadership that embraces the cultural advantages of students with diverse experiences of racism, poverty, cultural trauma, and oppression. By cultivating culturally vibrant and affirming learning environments in lieu of "one-size-fits-all" approaches, educators honor assets found in Indigenous knowledge, values, and stories as models of vitality and empowerment for all.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii
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