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Hawaiian Culture-Based Education in Classroom Practice: Instructional Practices and Student Outcomes

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Castagno and Brayboy (2008) have pointed to a growing body of evidence that culturally responsive education is effective in educating Native students. In their literature review, they included studies with Native Hawaiian students at Kamehameha Schools. In this current mixed methodology study in high school classrooms on Kamehameha Schools campuses, instruction shifted from culturally responsive instruction (that referenced Hawaiian language and content and made connections to Hawaiian experience and worldview) to Hawaiian Culture-Based Education grounded in Hawaiian culture. Curricula were modified such that instruction began with Hawaiian content and worldview and then bridged to academic college-prep content. Evidence shows a broader range and a greater percentage of students achieved to high levels in these classrooms following the curricular changes.