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    Shoelaces, Sharks, and Snap Peas: The Impact of Intentional Teaching Strategies on Student Achievement
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2018) Bootes, Rebecca ; Iijima, Jane Dickson ; Education
    The classroom environment is one of the most important factors relating to student achievement. The purpose of this work was to examine the important role that the environment played in the education and development of elementary aged children. My goal wa
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    Program Development of the Kau Kau Hui
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Yusi, Akiyo ; Education
    The topic of this paper is the program development of a recreational activity for physically handicapped persons. The activity is called the Kau Kau Hui. Kau kau is the Hawaiian expression for food. Hui is the Chinese expression for a group of two or more people coming together for a common cause or mutual profit. As the name implies this activity brings people together for the purpose of providing a meal for the participants. This paper will describe the activity by presenting the program development in detail. Program development involves a cycle of planning, programing and evaluation. In the planning phase the needs, objectives and purpose are identified. The methods to fulfill the purpose are designed, and then a plan to implement the program is established. The programming phase involves the actual implementation of the program. In this case, this phase of the program development was conducted and supervised by the planner. The final phase of program development is the evaluation. Data is collected and interpreted. The variables are identified and significant correlations are described. Implications of the data and correlations are stated. Conclusions and recommendations are formulated. Thus forming a base for future program development.
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    Discovering Poetry in the Seventh Grade
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Yuruki, Lani ; Whitesell, Phil ; Education
    Tell any Intermediate-aged student that he will be studying poetry in English class and you will be greeted with comments like "Ugh, poetry? I hate poetry!" or "Poetry is just for girls!" Unfortunately, for a majority of students, the experience with poetry had not been a positive one. During the Fall of 1975, I student taught at Stevenson Intermediate School. At the time, I prepared a unit plan for poetry. Like many teachers, I required the students to memorize lines of poetry; to list examples of similes, metaphors, personifications and other comparisons; to choose a favorite poem for oral interpretation; and to explicate poems to find their "true meaning." My experience in teaching the unit was that the analytical approach to teaching poetry is not a pleasurable one for students, and that it does not lead them to seek out more poetry. Memorizing lines of poetry and reciting them orally was a threat to many students. Poetry explication became a chore and listening to their classmates' findings was often boring. The only area in which I felt comfortable was when the students were allowed to create their own poetry and share it with their friends.
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    Internal-External Locus of Control and Its Effect on Interpersonal Relationships
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Yoshimura, Gail ; Ayabe, Harold ; Education
    "She's my favorite teacher … He scares me so much I never say a word in class … She's really a nice person once you get to know her … He never seems to be able to explain the problem correctly." Statements such as these might be overheard in any school corridor, or cafeteria, wherever students get together to talk about school, classes, and their teachers. But what prompts students to make such statements? Is it just the school system and teachers which effect such remarks? What about a student's attitude towards the school? What about the teacher? Does the way in which an individual feels about his family manifest itself in the classroom? Do students see teachers as parental replacements? The present study was begun to try and answer some of these questions. The idea that a student's attitude toward others affected his feelings toward school and the teacher, and how his associations with such gave rise to the question of measurement of interpersonal distance and how different students react to different situations. The purpose of this study is to investigate students' interpersonal relationships in the family and in school, and his perception of personal control in a situation. It seeks to test the assumption that student attitude towards others, himself, and his environment is measurable through the use of circle placement and through the use of an internal-external locus of control scale.
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    Pre-service Teachers’ Views on What Are and Should Be the Goals of Education
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014-01-15) Yoshida, Claire ; Education
    Accountability in education is an increasingly common activity. However, accountability tends to assess progress made in various subject matters, and it never seems to face the more basic question of how important any subject matter is. Two teachers, who have had the same training, teaching the same subject to two very similar groups of children, using the same book, and covering the same content material may end up producing quite different effects in those two groups of children. Accountability, therefore, should require us to specify clearly the kinds of effects we need to produce in our children. As a student in the College of Education and the Department of Speech-Communication, I have been bombarded with theories of what should be taught and of what children need to learn. Regardless of what is taught, my question is this: Is there any valid way of defining and measuring what any population believes should be taught to children, and to what extent are the future teachers who are now in the College of Education acquiring these professed values?