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Professional Practice Dissertation Pre-Proposal 2 of 4


Honua - Land, earth, world; background, as of quilt designs; basic, at the foundation, fundamental (Pukui, Elbert, Hawaiian Dictionary)


Honua is what we start with. It is the solid foundation on which we build our own project. Honua is also the prior knowledge and experience that we all bring to this community of learners. What each participant brings to this community is their own personal sovereignty. We value the unique skills and talents that are inherent in each individual.

The foundational work that comes before us are the key ingredients from the previous post (Chopped All Stars). The ho'o kahua is the structure that we build on this solid foundation. 

This post is a mini shed to house a part of the literature review section that informs the Alana Culture Based Education Project (yes, I have a name now and an intentional design).  

Culture-based practices: Why this? Why now?
"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" (Kana'iaupuni, 2007).
  • A Brief Overview of Culture-Based Education and Annotated Bibliography (Kana'iaupuni, 2007) - this brief report answers the question of why culture-based education and what do we need to understand it better. It also includes a comprehensive annotated bibliography that informs her own research.
  • Culture-Based Education and its Relationship to Student Outcomes (Kana'iaupuni, Ledward, Jensen, 2010) this study looks at HCIE (Hawaiian cultural influences in education) and defines culture-based education (CBE) from a Hawaiian perspective. It also provides a theoretical model of what CBE looks like in the classroom and quantative data on student outcomes
  • E Lauhoe Mai Nā Waʻa: Toward a Hawaiian Indigenous Education Teaching Framework (Kanaʻiaupuni, Kawaiʻaeʻa, 2008) Spells out key components of CBE and gives me specific direction on where my own project could fit in this community of research. 
  • Reframing Evaluation: Defining an Indigenous Evaluation Framework (LaFrance, Nichols, 2010) defines a way to include indigenous evaluation in the development stage of the program as a way to build in sustainability.
Moenahā: Why this? Why now?
Moenahā (based on Bernice McCarthy's 4Mat) is an indigenous-based instructional framework that builds on the traditional Hawaiian learning continuum: hoʻolohe, hoʻopili, hoʻohana, hoʻopuka. It is an intentional process to teach the way our kupuna taught.

  • Teacher Responses to Participation in Hawaii's Kahua Induction Program (Thigpen, 2011) This dissertation looks at 9 West Hawaiʻi teachers that were new to Hawaiʻi or new to the system and participated in the Kahua new teacher induction program. Moenahā was used as their unit planning framework.
  • McCarthy's 4Mat Approach to Learning (Lahaie, 2006) - 4Mat is the foundation for moenahā, a collaboration between McCarthy and Kawaiʻaeʻa
National Writing Project Summer Institute Framework as a model for this course: Why?
As a former Hawaii Writing Project teacher consultant, a Lehua Writing Project co-director and a National Writing Project mentor to the South Africa Writing Project, this framework for professional development is a proven formula. I trust in the magic of the components. 
  • Research Brief: Writing Project Professional Development Continues to Yield Gains in Student Writing Achievement (2010). This data can be used to highlight ways to show student impact because of this professional development.
  • Invitational Summer Institute monographs - written by different sites to talk about the power of their own summer institutes in transforming teachers.
Teaching Standards, Curriculum and Assessment through an Indigenous Perspective (Kahumoku, Kaiwi, 2006) - used as a model for teachers to do the same within their own curriculum and content

Articulation of the mission: (my thinking so far)

The Alana Culture-Based Education Project is a grass roots collaborative community initiative to grow educators who practice culture-based educational practices and teach their standards, assessment and content through a Hawaiian world view as a way to impact student learning. The Alani teachers develop positive self-esteem and clarify their values on which to build sustainable teacher leaders in their community.

Mahalo for joining me on this journey. If you have questions, connections, confusions, please respond to this blog as a way to help me. 





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