Kōina Leo: Leading Learners in ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i Using the Silent Way Methodology

Political activists, university faculty, and kumu hula have become more and more engaged in teaching ‘ōlelo Hawai’i (Hawaiian language) in efforts to revitalize an indigenous language that was close to extinction.  This action research study examine the roles of leaders of ‘ōlelo Hawai’i instruction and the impact of direct instruction on learners, through the use of The Silent Way methodology (Gattegno, 2010; Gattegno, 1972; Gattegno, 1963) in both face to face and online teaching and learning.  Research objectives were (1) examination of leadership strategies for attraction and retention of ōlelo Hawai’i instruction; (2) exploration of the impact on leaders of The Silent Way methodology; and (3) exploration of the impact on learners of The Silent Way methodology in face to face and online learning.  This study addresses a gap in the current literature regarding the use of The Silent Way methodology in teaching and learning ōlelo Hawai’i.  Additionally, the resurgence and revitalizaiton of ōlelo Hawai’i was explored through participant observation, individual interviews, and researcher field notes to explore the changing roles of leaders and learners of ‘ōlelo Hawai’i language instruction.  Results of this study revealed four distinct themes including the importance of leader modeling and the value of collective learning experiences.  
 
Jane A. Schumacher Ed.D.
Cody Pueo Pata
Presentation Date: 
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Event or Conference: 
Hawaii International Conference on Education
Presentation Type: 
Workshop
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United States
Abstract: 
Abstract Political activists, university faculty, and kumu hula have become more and more engaged in teaching ‘ōlelo Hawai’i (Hawaiian language) in efforts to revitalize an indigenous language that was close to extinction. This participatory participatory action research study examines the roles of leaders of ‘ōlelo Hawai’i instruction and the impact of direct instruction on learners, through the use of “The Silent Way” methodology (Gattegno, 2010; Gattegno, 1972; Gattegno, 1963) in both face to face and online teaching and learning. Research objectives were (1) examination of leadership strategies for attraction and retention of ōlelo Hawai’i instruction; (2) exploration of the impact on leaders of “The Silent Way” methodology; and (3) exploration of the impact on learners of “The Silent Way” methodology in face to face and online learning. This study address a gap in the current literature regarding the use of “The Silent Way” methodology in teaching and learning ōlelo Hawai’i. Additionally, the resurgence and revitalizaiton of ōlelo Hawai’i was explored through participant observation, individual interviews, and researcher field notes to explore the changing roles of leaders and learners of ‘ōlelo Hawai’i language instruction. Keywords: leaders, Hawaiian language, Hawaiian culture, “The Silent Way”, participatory action research