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ERIC Number: EJ877637
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
Beliefs and Practices of Samoan Teachers: From BEd Cohort Program to Master's Degree
Greene, William L.; Ropeti, Siamaua; Ino, Lisa Vaivao; Ah-Sue, Denise; Sappa, Faleula Aoelua
Educational Perspectives, v39 n1 p29-34 2006
Four and a half years have passed since four teachers from Cohort VI in American Samoa graduated from the University of Hawai'i with bachelor of education degrees and with teaching licenses from the state of Hawai'i. This article highlights changes and developments in the beliefs and practices of these four teachers who, in the midst of full time teaching, are now taking graduate courses in pursuit of master's degrees offered by the University of Hawai'i in American Samoa. Siamaua Ropeti, Lisa Vaivao Ino, Denise Ah Sue, and Faleula Sappa wrote reflections about their personal development as teachers based on these prompts: (1) What were your early, pre-cohort, beliefs about teaching and learning?; (2) What are your current beliefs or philosophy about teaching and how does that look in your classroom practice?; and (3) Describe some of the influences that have shaped your current approach to teaching. Their reflections and insights are included in this article. The article concludes with an analysis of how the voices of these teachers add to the literature on teacher preparation and the development of new teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: American Samoa