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ERIC Number: ED516774
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 161
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-7485-6
Ku I Ke Ao: Hawaiian Cultural Identity and Student Progress at Kamehameha Elementary School
Stender, Robert Holoua
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
The relationship between Hawaiian cultural identity and student progress at Kamehameha Elementary School (KES) is the focal point of this study. As the student demographics continue to evolve at Kamehameha Schools, most recently with increasing numbers of children coming from orphan and indigent backgrounds, teachers want greater understanding of the ways that culturally relevant pedagogy (Ladson-Billings, 1995) and culturally based education can be used to facilitate learning. As a starting point, this study analyzed secondary, quantitative data of 267 5th and 6th graders to determine the degree to which the independent variables of cultural identity (as measured by a Hawaiian cultural identity survey) gender, SES, orphan status and length of enrollment at KES are related to the dependent variables--standardized assessments, grades and citizenship ratings. Results indicate relationships between the intensity of one's identity with Hawaiian culture and academic success is more prevalent for lower SES and orphan students than for the general population, however both positive and negative correlations were found for specific cultural measures. The findings also suggest significant negative differences in the academic experiences of boys compared to girls, children who are orphans compared to all others, and children receiving full financial aid compared to those not receiving full aid. While greater study is needed, these findings suggest that faculty examine instructional and outreach practices for these particular sub-groups of students, in order to achieve equitable educational outcomes for all students. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Grade 6
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii