E nana i ke kumu. A look at the teacher: A study of the essential competencies of a Punana Leo teacher
This descriptive study was designed to investigate the attitudes, opinions, and beliefs of Punana Leo teachers and parents on the essential skills and competencies necessary of a Punana Leo Hawaiian immersion preschool teacher. Punana Leo is the only Hawaiian language total immersion early childhood education program in the United States and the world. Currently, there is no program in place to specifically prepare Punana Leo teachers for the classroom.
Data was collected via a seventy-six item, Likert scale attitudinal survey. The survey was created from the National Association for the Education of Young Children's guidelines for professional development, the Center for Research on Education, Diversity and Excellence's Five Standards for Effective Pedagogy, and literature on key teaching and instruction elements of successful immersion programs. 120 teachers and parents from all twelve Punana Leo preschool sites in the state of Hawaii participated in the study. Results of the survey showed that parents and teachers as a group believed overall that immersion skills, early childhood education skills, and pedagogy skills were important and essential of Punana Leo teachers.
0518: Preschool education