Native Hawaiians have been found to have one of the lowest rates of bachelor's degree attainment of all ethnic groups in America. Current literature indicates the ways in which the Native Hawaiian culture may hinder degree attainment but fails to take into account the ways in which the beliefs, values, and practices of the culture may be utilized to support degree attainment. Eight participants who self-identified as Native Hawaiian and obtained a bachelor's degree between 2004 to the present were included in the study. Additional criteria for study included: (a) residing in the state of Hawai`i from birth through high school, (b) graduating from a public or private high school in the state of Hawai`i, (c) completing high school between 2000 to 2005, (d) earning a bachelor's degree in either a university/college within the state of Hawai`i or the Mainland, and (e) residing in either Hawai`i or California at the time the study was completed. No specific Hawaiian blood quantum was specified. Participants completed a 90-minute semi-structured interview as well as a paper-pencil Sociodemographic and Academic Questionnaire. Thematic similarities and differences emerged when comparing participants who earned their bachelor's degree at a Mainland college to those who graduated from a university in Hawai`i. Domains for which themes were sought included: (a) to what participants attributed their academic success, (b) rewarding aspect of the university experience, (c) challenges experienced, (d) coping methods utilized to address challenges encountered, and (e) family and other contextual variables that influenced their academic experience. A discussion describing the characteristics of participants in both groups relative to previous research is included followed by culturally congruent clinical recommendations.
|Commitee:||Riley, Dana, Tuttle, Amy|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 74/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational psychology, Clinical psychology, Ethnic studies|
|Keywords:||Academic success, Bachelor's degree, Education, Ethnic groups, Native hawaiian students, Postsecondary degree|
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