Alencastre’s dissertation was selected for its high quality research and potential to impact practice in education.
Makalapua Alencastre, EdD, is the winner of the 2015 Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) Dissertation in Practice of the Year Award.
Alencastre is an assistant professor of indigenous education and the coordinator of Kahuawaiola, the Indigenous Teacher Education Program at Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. She was among the first cohort of professional practice graduates in the EdD program at the UH Mānoa College of Education.
Her dissertation, E Hoʻoulu ʻIa Nā Kumu Mauli Ola Hawaiʻi: Preparing Hawaiian Cultural Identity Teachers, was selected for its high quality research and potential to impact practice in education.
“Makalapua’s contribution to the field of education in Hawaiʻi supports a much needed area of research in indigenous teacher preparation that addresses the complexity and challenges of Native Hawaiian language survivance,” says advisor Sarah Twomey.
An international consortium of over 80 colleges and schools of education, CPED has been working to strengthen the education doctorate since 2007. Alencastre’s dissertation was one of 26 nominated from 17 CPED member institutions. She will be recognized at the CPED convening at Lynn University in Florida on Oct. 7, 2015.