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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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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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James, Caitlyn – Educational Perspectives, 2006
Pirates capture the imagination, span centuries of history, have great clothes, conform to surprising codes of conduct, and invite a wide variety of themes and subjects for teaching. Piracy can be a seductive topic for all ages. In spite of the imaginative appeal of the topic, piracy is insufficient as a starting point for a well-connected social…
Descriptors: Imagination, Nontraditional Education, Nontraditional Students, Teachers
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Wilke, Jarrett – Educational Perspectives, 2006
Students must be encouraged to think for themselves by tapping into their imaginations. Only when mathematical concepts are presented in an imaginative way will students fully benefit from their experience. Both teachers and students must engage themselves in this creative realm of thinking, where imagination plays a vital part in learning and…
Descriptors: Imagination, Cultural Pluralism, Mathematical Concepts, Grade 10
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Han, Kelly – Educational Perspectives, 2006
Pronouns take the place of other nouns. In the case of personal pronouns, they often take the place of nouns that identify persons. The pronoun highlights the difference by being formed differently, and by being placed in different spots in the sentences. Pronouns point out the differences as they change form, and vary their representational…
Descriptors: Sentences, Nouns, Literacy, Teaching Methods
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Wilson, Asia – Educational Perspectives, 2006
Role-play is one of the most engaging instruments for imagining what is not actually present. Role-play can take a variety of forms: student(s) enacting; teacher(s) enacting; and student(s) and teacher(s) enacting together. In this article, the author examines a number of different ways for teachers to incorporate role-play in their classrooms to…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Middle School Students, Elementary School Students, Imagination
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Hrennikoff, Margo – Educational Perspectives, 2006
The grade three curriculum set out by the British Columbia Ministry of Education has four categories for science: Processes of Science, Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth and Space Science. Within each of these categories there are numerous topics to teach. For example, the physical science curriculum requires students to learn about…
Descriptors: Animals, Water, Space Sciences, Paleontology
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Gajdamaschko, Natalia – Educational Perspectives, 2006
Lev Vygotsky (1986-1934) was an educational theorist and psychologist of extraordinarily wide knowledge whose major writings deal with the entire learning-teaching-development experience. Despite a wide-ranging interest in Vygotskian theory, the issue of imagination remains outside of the main line of general inquiries into his work. Thus, there…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Imagination, Cognitive Development, Teaching Methods
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Clark, Herman Pi'ikea – Educational Perspectives, 2005
Despite Hawai'i's location at the northern apex of Polynesia, visual arts education in Hawai'i is predominately west facing in its orientation. Defining visual arts solely along European/American conventions and history, arts education as practiced in Hawai'i does little to acknowledge and engage the diversity of cultural perspectives long…
Descriptors: Visual Arts, Indigenous Populations, Art Education, Foreign Countries
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Harris, Alex – Educational Perspectives, 2005
Belief in the importance of school readiness has mobilized a broad coalition of concerned stakeholders to become organized and act. As a result, a number of programs, policies, and materials have been developed to improve the readiness of children and of schools. The purpose of this article is to examine the context in which these efforts are…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Transitional Programs, Alignment (Education), Politics of Education
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Grace, Donna J.; Brandt, Mary E. – Educational Perspectives, 2005
In 2000, state agencies and foundations in Hawai'i were poised to support readiness efforts to improve educational outcomes for children. There was, however, a lack of shared understanding of the construct of readiness to guide these efforts. Parents, teachers, and school administrators all play a critical role in the education of young children.…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Educational Objectives, Educational Change, Parent Attitudes
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Bredekamp, Sue – Educational Perspectives, 2005
In this article, the author describes some of the key research findings that demonstrate the relationship between school readiness and preschool play. She begins with definitions of both school readiness and play, and then describes the teacher's role in ensuring that play is used effectively to promote school readiness. The author goes on to…
Descriptors: Play, School Readiness, Reading Readiness, Dramatic Play
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Feeney, Stephanie; Moravcik, Eva – Educational Perspectives, 2005
In the past, early childhood programs provided either full day care for young children whose parents were employed, or part day enrichment experiences for families who did not need care for their children while they worked. Gradually these two strands (care and education) began to merge into the field which is now called childhood education and…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Poverty, Early Childhood Education, Disadvantaged Youth
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Grace, Donna J.; Brandt, Mary E. – Educational Perspectives, 2005
Early childhood educators believe that schooling for young children should focus on developing the "whole child," socially, emotionally, physically, and academically. Teaching pre-reading skills and encouraging children to read are essential steps on the path of literacy development. A narrow and persistent attention to academics is…
Descriptors: Young Children, Emergent Literacy, Reading Skills, Guides
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