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Lopez, Leslie – Educational Perspectives, 2013
The very first issue of "Educational Perspectives" was published in October of 1962. Dr. Albert Carr wrote one of the inaugural essays on the topic of current developments in science education, and he went on to write several other articles for the journal. This article shares why Dr. Albert Carr's colleagues remember him for his…
Descriptors: Science Education, Change Agents, Educational Development, Scholarship
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Haleck, Peggy A. – Educational Perspectives, 2006
For the past thirty-one years, the University of Hawai'i (UH) has worked in collaboration with the American Samoa Department of Education (ASDOE) and the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) to upgrade the professional level of American Samoa's elementary teachers. During these early years of the partnership, several UH professors served as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Partnerships in Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Inservice Teacher Education
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Kneubuhl, James; Fua, Tupua Roy – Educational Perspectives, 2006
A number of circumstances make it difficult for aspiring teachers in American Samoa to earn certification and/or advanced degrees. Young men and women who graduate from the territory's high schools have two options available to them if they plan to continue their education. They can pursue a two-year degree at the American Samoa Community College…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Foreign Countries, Teacher Education, College Role
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Gurr, Donna – Educational Perspectives, 2006
In this article, the author proposes to describe some of the developments that have taken place in public education in American Samoa in the past few years. This has really been a period of rapid change and although many challenges remain, there has been considerable progress on several fronts. One of the fundamental organizational reforms that…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Leadership, Public Education, Organizational Change
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Greene, William L.; Ropeti, Siamaua; Ino, Lisa Vaivao; Ah-Sue, Denise; Sappa, Faleula Aoelua – Educational Perspectives, 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…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Foreign Countries, Beliefs
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Wellington, Yuriko C. – Educational Perspectives, 2006
This article describes how four Samoan teachers used critical literacy in their classrooms after they first encountered the idea in a children's literature course that the author taught over a five-week period in Samoa in 2005. The author explores the impact of multicultural pedagogical methods on teacher professional development and in-service…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Childrens Literature, Foreign Countries, Professional Development
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Hunkin-Finau, Salusalumalo S. – Educational Perspectives, 2006
In spite of the changes that 100 years of Americanization have produced, the American Samoa people overwhelmingly identify themselves with their culture. They are proud to be Samoan; they are committed to the "fa'a-Samoa" or the Samoan way of life. The desire to balance American ways with the unique values that make up the Samoan sense…
Descriptors: Samoan Americans, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Indigenous Knowledge
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Tauiliili, Paul – Educational Perspectives, 2006
A paradigm shift is occurring in the approach to teaching in the education system of American Samoa. This shift can be characterized as the movement from a traditional, teacher-centered approach to a constructivist, student-centered approach. One factor that has contributed to this shift arises from the training of teachers through the University…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Program Effectiveness, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Foreign Countries
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Lin, Steven – Educational Perspectives, 2006
After two years of construction, American Samoa Community College opened its new library on September 2, 2003. The library is located on the east side of campus and is equipped with ten computer workstations, four online public access catalogs, three copying machines, and an elevator that is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Resources, Professional Development, Library Role
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Southworth, John H.; Knezek, Gerald; Flanigan, John – Educational Perspectives, 2003
This article was composed collaboratively using Nicenet, a computer electronic bulletin board. The three co-authors collaboratively edited the file and exchanged drafts via e-mail while simultaneously gathering reflections from colleagues online. Their collaboration on authoring this article in some sense closes the circle of similar activities…
Descriptors: Electronic Mail, Distance Education, Discussion Groups, Online Courses
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Ho, Curtis P. – Educational Perspectives, 2003
A learning community can play an important role in facilitating student learning in a class and this is especially evident for distance learning courses. Creating a learning community that is virtual requires the use of online communication tools such as email, threaded discussion boards, and chat rooms. Many online students also benefit through…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, Interaction, Foreign Countries