Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

California schools preserving the integrity of a culture: Native Hawaiians in Southern California
by Griener, Sharon Hicks, Ph.D., Union Institute and University, 2007, 130; 3289575
Abstract (Summary)

This Project Demonstrating Excellence is a qualitative study employing observational research data, which results in a proposed education curriculum for California secondary students in Southern California to introduce them to some of the salient beliefs and traditions of Native Hawaiians, as determined through qualitative observational research, short term observations, and narrative inquiry methods to the data collection. The curriculum content has been designed in accordance with the California Public Schools guidelines, specifically aligning with and satisfying the California History-Social Science Framework and Standards.

The purpose of the proposed curriculum is to relay to Hawaiian children living on the United States mainland the community consensus of valued traditions, practices, history, and beliefs used to preserve Hawaiian culture. It also serves as a means for all students to gain understanding about how these traditions affect not only the Hawaiian families concerned, but also the local community as a whole.

Provided is insight as to the amount of time these traditions have been shared, incorporated into everyday life, and ultimately preserved as a matter of habit. The proposed curriculum offers an historical perspective of the culture through the modern day experience, as well as a survey of the beliefs, values, and traditions practiced by Native Hawaiians. Provided is an exploration of oral traditions, dance, and music, offering a thematic approach to a cultural studies curriculum.

It is important for a multicultural society to become aware of the value of cultural differences. Sharing information about various cultures has proven to be an effective method for engendering understanding and creating acceptance of individual differences. By this means education is able to enhance curricula for the cultures they serve and to expand the world-and-life views of students. Educators have a responsibility to teach multicultural views in the hope that students will accept them as merely different, rather than as wrong or inferior, while learning to appreciate the underlying common humanity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Meeker, Joseph W.
School: Union Institute and University
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 68/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Bilingual education, Multicultural education, American studies, Curricula, Teaching, Native Americans, Native studies
Keywords: California, California secondary ed., Cultural integrity, Cultural studies, Indigenous education, Multicultural education, Native Hawaiians, Secondary curriculum
Publication Number: 3289575
ISBN: 9780549327769
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