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Hawaiian News: Culture-based education

(HawaiiNewsNow) - Measuring achievement and success in our schools has been focused lately on test scores and math and reading, leaving other potential impact indicators like culture and context off to the side.

A recent study, just released, reveals that culture-based education does have an impact on those very scores that we are so concerned with. Amy Kalili has more.

Culture-Based Education (CBE) strategies are the norm at Kamakau School where academic success is rooted in students' understanding of who they are.

ʻO ke kuanaʻike Hawaiʻi ke kahua o nâ kiʻina aʻo ma Ke Kula o Kamakau, kahi e kâlele nui ʻia ai ke ano kûpaʻa a kûpono o ka haumâna, ʻo ia ke kahua e pono ai ke kâlaiʻike.

"I will shift around my lessons for the day to ensure that my students are first ready to learn, and are reminded that there individual success helps all of us achieve more," said Lani Waiau, Kumu Alakaʻi, Ke Kula ʻo Kamakau.

ʻAʻohe oʻu pilikia me ke kâpae i ka haʻawina lâ a nânâ i ka naʻau a hôʻoia i ka maikaʻi o nâ piko ʻekolu o ke keiki, no ka mea inâ ʻaʻole kûpono ia mau mea a pau ʻaʻole e maikaʻi ana ka hua o ka haʻawina.

Teachers like Lani know and have seen first hand the value of CBE, but until recently there wasn't much quantitative data available.

Maopopo leʻa nâ kumu e like me Lani i ka waiwai o kçia ʻano kiʻina aʻo ʻoiai ua ʻikemaka i ka hua. Eia naʻe, ʻaʻole nô i nui loa ka ʻikepili helu e kâkoʻo ana i kçia maopopo.

"Math and reading test scores don't give us the whole picture in education and we really need to look at other things," said "Shawn Kanaʻiaupuni, Ph.D. Director, Public Education, Kamehameha Schools.

ʻAʻole pili wale nô i ka makemakika a mâkau heluhelu.

The new Hawaiian Cultural Influences in Education study did just that.

ʻO ia hoʻi ka waiwai o kçia moʻolelo i hoʻopaʻa ʻia aku nei no ka Hawaiian Cultural Influences in Education nô hoʻi.

"We looked at indicators like student self-efficacy, their feelings about their community, their involvement with family," said Ronald H. Heck, Professor of Education, UH Manoa.

Ua nânâ ʻia ka pili kaiâulu, pili ʻohana, a me ka ʻike no nâ mea Hawaiʻi kekahi.

They looked at data from 62 different public, private, charter and Hawaiian immersion and medium schools in the state.

Ua ʻohi ʻikepili mai nâ kula he 62 a puni ka mokuʻâina, he mau kula aupuni, kula kûʻokoʻa, kula hoʻâmana, a kula kaiapuni a kaiaʻôlelo Hawaiʻi ke ʻano.

"What we've found is that a teacher's use of cultural-based education techniques seemed to enhance students feeling of self-worth and their overall engagement with schooling and in turn that was positively related to their reading and math scores,' said Heck.

Ua ʻike i ka piʻi like o ko ke kumu hoʻohana ʻana i nâ kiʻina aʻo kuanaʻike Hawaiʻi me ko ka haumâna ʻano hoihoi i ke aʻo a peia nâ kaha makemakika a mâkau heluhelu.

In other words, conventional academic rigor isn't being sacrificed for, but enhanced by, Culture-Based Education.

No laila, ʻaʻole hoʻi e pilikia a hemahema nei ke aʻo  a kâlaiʻike o nâ haumâna ma muli o ke kâlele ʻia o ke kuanaʻike Hawaiʻi akâ, he hoʻoikaika ʻia nei nô.

"What weʻre finding in this statistical data…is evidence that supports what weʻve always known at a naʻau level at the gut level that culture matters," said Kanaʻiaupuni.

Ke hôʻoia wale nei kçia mau helu i ka mea i maopopo wale ma mua.

For more on the study visit ksbe.edu.

E kele aku iâ ksbe.edu no ka ʻike hou aku.

ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.

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