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ERIC Number: EJ1263628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
The Possibility of Storytelling: Building a Sense of Community within a Hawaiian Culture-Based School
Matsu, Kelsey
Educational Perspectives, v52 n1 p37-41 2020
This paper examines a collective storytelling practice at Kanu o ka 'Aina Public Charter School (KANU) as a foundation for belonging and community building. In this article, the author focuses on piko, a daily morning gathering of protocol and chants exercised by all staff and students at KANU Public Charter School. The author examines this collective storytelling practice in light of McMillan and Chavis' (1986) definition of sense of community, exploring the extent to which such a practice could serve as an example of an intentional activity that enhances a school's sense of community. First, the author considers the extent to which a sense of community existed at KANU; next collective storytelling practices are explored as a means to build community; and finally, piko is compared to McMillan and Chavis' (1986) four elements of sense of community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii
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