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ERIC Number: EJ1170228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
Thoughts on Designing Research to Be Pono
Alencastre, Makalapua
Educational Perspectives, v49 n1 p57-60 2017
As a Native Hawaiian steadfast in her efforts to revitalize the Hawaiian language and culture, the author designed this study to critically explore issues and challenges, document and analyze distinctive practices, and affirm achievements within the context of preparing Hawaiian language medium-immersion teachers. The study was designed as a values-driven and culturally appropriate framework with Hawaiian concepts, protocols, tools, and behaviors intentionally incorporated and adhered to throughout the study. For example, the use of traditional Hawaiian metaphors and similes evoked imagery framing the study and making essential connections among the various research phases. The use of metaphorical language is considered to be an authentic and desirable way of conveying understandings and expressions in Hawaiian that go beyond conventional conversation. A prominent feature of this study was the predominant use of the Hawaiian language throughout all research activities, including developing the tools, engaging with participants, and presenting and analyzing the data sets. Maintaining Hawaiian as the primary language of interaction with participants was critical in supporting previously established language relationships between myself as researcher and the participants. Equally important was the opportunity to promote the status of the Hawaiian language as a viable medium within academic pursuits. It was with sincere aloha that this study was conducted and presented to further enhance Hawaiian language educational efforts.
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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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