ERIC Number: EJ798680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Family Involvement in a Hawaiian Language Immersion Program
Yamauchi, Lois A.; Lau-Smith, Jo-Anne; Luning, Rebecca J. I.
School Community Journal, v18 n1 p39-60 Spr-Sum 2008
This study investigated the ways in which family members of students in a Hawaiian language immersion program were involved in their children's education and identified the effects of and barriers to involvement. A sociocultural theoretical approach and Epstein's framework of different types of involvement were applied. Participants included 35 families whose children were enrolled in Papahana Kaiapuni, a K-12 public school program in Hawai'i. The program uses the Hawaiian language as the medium of instruction. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with participants about their program experiences. Kaiapuni family involvement practices were consistent with Epstein's typology. Consistent with previous research on family involvement in other contexts, Type 2 (school-home communications) and Type 3 (voluntary involvement) were prevalent. However, different from previous reports, participants were more involved in school decision making (Type 5). Families felt that their involvement promoted (a) the development of children's values, (b) family and community bonding, (c) children's English language learning, and (d) family members' learning about Hawaiian language and culture. The most frequently mentioned barrier to involvement was a lack of proficiency in the Hawaiian language.
Descriptors: Immersion Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Malayo Polynesian Languages, Social Influences, Cultural Influences, Language of Instruction, Interviews, Family School Relationship, Volunteers, Participative Decision Making, Social Values, Family Relationship, English Instruction, Cultural Awareness, Language Proficiency
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii