Professional Practice Dissertation Pre-Proposal, Part 1 of 4
My dissertation proposal as a culture-based education (CBE) version of Chopped All-Stars
Please indulge my need for metaphors and analogies to make sense of my world. This is Part 1 of 4 blog posts to clarify my thinking on my proposed dissertation topic.
How will this study work?
- Gather strong chefs, leaders and innovators in their own right and challenge them to create synergistic culinary masterpieces in the CBE Project, a professional development program.
- change chef to teacher; change culinary masterpieces to culture-based education-infused practices and curriculum)
- time (Kamehameha Hawaiʻi 4-week course with deadlines for teachers' own action research and learning portfolio to follow)
- key ingredients (CBE practices, moenahā framework, makawalu, and the National Writing Project program model)
- the course (teachers' own content area and current curriculum)
- How does this PD impact teaching?
- How does this PD help teachers to transform their own curriculum and practices through a Hawaiian worldview?
- What impact does it make on their identity as a teacher in a Hawaiian school?
At the state, national, and international levels, indigenous culture-based educational strategies suggest promise where other Western culture-based strategies have failed in reducing educational disparities between indigenous students and their peers and in promoting positive and successful outcomes among indigenous students (Kanaʻiaupuni, 2007).