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August 2002 Guam Workshop:
Audience Reaction Survey

Workshop #1: Elementary School Teachers
Held at Guam Learning Resource Center
Total respondents = 29

Workshop Sponsor:
Pacific Resources for Education & Learning


In your opinion, which of the following humanities areas were involved in this program?





Literary Studies






Comparative Religion


Cultural Anthropology






Social Sciences




History, theory & criticism of Arts


What approaches to the humanities content did the program presenters use?


Provided info from the perspectives of humanities fields of study


Raised questions about ethical values or human rights etc.


Compared or contrasted alternative ways of thinking


Encouraged critical thinking and questioning


Interpreted, analyzed or clarified the issues involved


Explained historical patterns for background


Discussed cultural differences


Encouraged audience discussion and participation

Please check all the words and phrases you think apply to the program:






Well Paced




Too scholarly






Well Balanced




Clearly Focused





Overall, how would you rate this program?










Participant reaction surveys to workshops:

February 2001

June 2001 - East West Center (data not available)

November 2001

March 2002
NHEA Conference:

1st Session
2nd Session

August 2002
#1: Elementary
#2: Middle & High

March 2004
NHEA Conference:

1st Session
2nd Session

March 2004
"Focus Micronesia"

PATE 2004



1.  Other Comments

  • The professor D. Herman is very knowledgeable about the program focus of study, and provided an interesting perspective on how we can study a particular island’s culture, people, history, land, etc.
  • It would seem appropriate to interview former residents of Inarajan who have relocated or been displaced. Inarajan tends to be isolated; therefore, insight or opinion might seem a bit biased.
  • Two days were not enough time. Extend to 3-4 days.
  • Instructor was very informative and open-minded throughout the presentation
  • More hands-on, interactive activities; clearer goals for assignments.
  • Agenda/Format needs to be identified so audience may follow through.



2.  How did you learn about this program (newspaper, organizational newsletter, radio, TV, from a friend, flyer, poster, etc.)?

  • My principal assigned me to go. I had no idea.
  • Fax from DOE
  • I was recommended by my school site to attend this program with the encouragement of a co-teacher, E. Keone.
  • DOE
  • Memo, flyer from DOE
  • Memo from school
  • DOE through Curriculum Instruction Office
  • Work flyer
  • Announcement at the school level
  • Brochure and principal’s recommendation
  • School bulletin
  • Flyer
  • Organizational newsletter
  • School worksite, Chamorro Studies programs
  • Curriculum Instruction Notification presented by principal
  • DOE invitation memo
  • DOE memo
  • Organizational newsletter
  • From school
  • Workshop offered by the Department of Education, then selected by administrator to participate.
  • Learned the program from my principal
  • Flyer
  • School administrator
  • Newsletter (Principal)
  • Guam DOE fax to our school principal
  • School principal



3.  For you, what were the most worthwhile parts or aspects of the program?

  • It made doing a website seem more possible; I might be able to handle it.
  • The proper use of a teacher’s guide with an active web page
  • I was able to read about and learn about the cultures and lands of two different pacific islands (through comparison, contrasting) from the perspective of the people living there instead of from the perspective of a researcher or scientist (e.g. anthropologist). Presentation of the information via the Internet is very convenient for teachers to use for classroom lessons.
  • Being able to find resources about Guan; also allowing teachers to do exercises
  • Now I’m clear for future projects
  • Similarities of values among islanders; very in-depth research. Appreciate a person from another place/culture to find interest in the environment and people of a different ethnic background
  • Versatile widen my knowledge in the field of social studies, geography and cultural anthropology in a different perspective. That means that I can create a website from this workshop easier base them with DOE Standard Curriculum
  • Having resources available to implement in our classroom. Knowing we have this website is just wonderful.
  • Very informative, comparing and contrasting Pacific Island culture
  • Website viewing; lesson/unit
  • Exercises for each item; website comparison
  • Comparative analyses (geographical and historical)
  • Information that is easily accessible via web
  • Use of the website
  • Learning how to make a website for our students. Also how to improve your lesson plan with this kind of program
  • Visual and websites
  • Provided information on a professional development that will help put projects based on the social studies content
  • Hands on manipulation of website along with presenter’s interesting discussions and readily-available assistance
  • I enjoyed exploring the different chapters and pages of the website. It refreshed my memory of Guam History
  • Integrating the information viewed on the Internet for classroom use. Formulate exercises for lesson planning.
  • Every parts
  • Being able to come to terms with my island on the constructed website. Being able to familiarize myself with the tool that can be utilized in my classroom
  • The use of technology; everyone did a hand’s on activity using the computer. The use of the ides and over all input of the people who are really part of the culture. Most people that gave input were directly knowledgeable on topics they discussed.
  • The deeply rooted culture
  • The geography and culture presentations
  • Learning about Guan
  • Accessing the Pacific world website; learning/reading contents of the site use of
  • Identifying a website we can use as a resource. Learning different approaches for teaching students about the different aspects of our island



4.  What were the least worthwhile parts?

  • To much computer time was a little difficult on the eyes
  • The idea of browsing the web for two days is really boring
  • All very great
  • Offer a workshop to teach teachers how to create a web page for this project
  • No project interaction as needed for teachers to create an actual website to start off for schools and bring into the classroom
  • Limited resources, it would be ideal to have this course next to MARC at UOG
  • Considering the site is still under construction, not being able to view the islands to compare and contrast with my nature island was a minor set back
  • On the first day it was hot where I happened to sit
  • The roaming of the sites individually



5.  Please feel free to comment below on any aspect of the program. Thank you for your assistance.

  • This website training course was a very useful learning experience for me because this is the first time I ever came across a vastly detailed and thorough (up to date) and extremely informative website that deals with Guam’s culture, people, land etc. I have a new internet resource to refer to from time to time for geography and social studies lessons because of this training
  • Thank you — Si Yu‘os ma‘åse
  • The instructor was very open to Pacific Cultural differences. I enjoyed his openness and respect for our way of thinking, he new more than most mainlanders. Si Yu‘os ma‘åse.
  • Thank you for the knowledge, opportunity, fun.  J
  • Please come back and teach our teachers to actually create website. Your workshop has built my confidence in bringing technology into the elementary classrooms for Chamorro programs because 80% of learning is through visual
  • Planning a project takes time and a lot of hard work. Have University of Guam professional, bi-cultural, bi-lingual and the Chamorro language and studies would be ideal to have a team in developing this program.
  • I have been waiting for an opportunity of this kind to be available to me, as it now has intensified my interest to get started and finish all of the “cultural projects” I had started within the past 10 years.
  • I felt a sense of pride to have something like this Pacific Worlds/Guam website to showcase to the world.  I felt it enriched about Guam’s culture.
  • Given such an opportunity to use internet’s information geared towards classroom management and teaching.
  • More dialect between presenter and audience; interactive lessons; breakdown of the project
  • The program’s content very structured yet did not highlight how we are to present this to teachers back home (in our school)
  • Great organization of the website.  It is unfortunate that I did not have this information earlier, which could have assisted me in another course where research on the islands was required.
  • Outstanding presentation.  The “turtle” motif is a symbol of good luck and longevity.  I hope this program stays that way.




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