Instructor: Mike DeMattos

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    Instructor interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Social Work, clip 21 of 21
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; DeMattos, Mike ; Henry, Jim ; Bost, Dawne
    Brief excerpt from interview: What I've noticed in the class is that a lot of the students that come from other places begin to understand where they're from with a new lens . . . So despite the fact that they don't have a Native Hawaiian context or a local context, many of them, and in particular the very high performing students . . . find that there are aspects of where they are from that influence them as they are here. And that becomes very powerful not just for them, but also for the class, many of whom are not widely travelled. It creates an interesting exchange. Because of the place-based orientation we have here, it cues me in whenever I go some place else about how I need to be adaptive to their environment rather than demanding they adapt to me.
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    Instructor interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Social Work, clip 20 of 21
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; DeMattos, Mike ; Henry, Jim ; Bost, Dawne
    Brief excerpt from interview: Last year, the senior class, we had the highest percentage of Native Hawaiians in our program second only to Hawaiʻinuiākea, at the University . . . Ninety percent identify as born and raised in Hawaii.
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    Instructor interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Social Work, clip 19 of 21
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; DeMattos, Mike ; Henry, Jim ; Bost, Dawne
    Brief excerpt from interview: [Naʻau] is that inner wisdom, that place . . . Westerners think of their mind [in their heads] . . . Native Hawaiians, your wisdom is in your gut. It's in that place that is your piko.
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    Instructor interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Social Work, clip 18 of 21
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; DeMattos, Mike ; Henry, Jim ; Bost, Dawne
    Brief excerpt from interview: What does local mean? It means location. It means place-based. All of us are local to some place. We define local a bit differently here because you have one population that is a First Nation people. They are indigenous, but you have other people who have made this home, and they've incorporated that notion of place to their identity, too. But, there isn't a place that isn't some place.
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    Instructor interview for Place-Based WAC/WID writing instruction in Social Work, clip 17 of 21
    ( 2015) Place-based WAC/WID Hui ; DeMattos, Mike ; Henry, Jim ; Bost, Dawne
    Brief excerpt from interview: I don't know about political correctness, but I know that sometimes they begin to attend to things because it appears that the instructor prescribed it rather than maybe leaving themselves open to what may be happening around them.