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Director of Curriculum and Research
- Institute for Teacher Education
- Institute for Teacher Education -
- 1999 Bachelor of Science Psychology and Education University of California at Santa Cruz
- 2001 Master of Education in Teaching Secondary Social Studies University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
- 2010 Doctor of Philosophy Curriculum and Instruction University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
Area(s) of Interest
- Social Studies, Social Justice Education, Multicultural Education, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Philosophy for Children
Brief BiographyDr. Amber Strong Makaiau is currently the Director of Curriculum and Research at the University of Hawai‘i Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education. For over ten years, she taught secondary social studies in the Hawaii State Department of Education. Her achievements include, National Board Certification in 2006, the Hawaii International Education Week- Honolulu Advertiser 2004 Outstanding Global Educator Award, the Oceanic Outstanding Educator Award in 2005, and the 2011 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching. Her current projects include a brand new secondary level Philosophical Inquiry course, developing the emerging field of deliberative pedagogy, and a new approach to research ethics education. Dr. Makaiau enjoys speaking, writing, engaging in intellectually safe communities of inquiry, and advocating for the betterment of education in Hawaii and beyond.
- Makaiau, A. S. (2019). The good thinker’s tool kit: Engaging critical thinking and reasoning in secondary education. In D. Fasco & F. Fair (Eds.), Critical Thinking and Reasoning: Current Research, Theories, and Practice, rev. ed.
- Makaiau, A. S. (2018). Why are School Bathrooms So Controversial? In K. Swan, J. Lee, & & S. G. Grant (Eds.), Teaching the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework: Part Two (pp. 163–176). Silver Spring, MD: National Council for the Social Studies.
- Makaiau, A. S. (2018). It's being done in Hawai‘i: Ethnic studies as a requirement for public high school graduation. In L. Willox & K. Brant (Eds.), It’s Being Done in Social Studies: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in the Pre/K-12 Curriculum.
- Makaiau, A. S., Ragoonaden, K., Ching-Sze Wang, J., & Leng, L. (2018). Developing an Inquiry Stance in Diverse Teacher Candidates: A Self-Study by Four Culturally, Ethnically, and Linguistically Diverse Teacher Educators. In J. S. & M. M. Percey (Ed.), .), Self-Study of Language and Literacy Teacher Education Practices Across Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Contexts (pp. 99–113). Emerald Publishing Limited.
- Makaiau, A. S., & Shuster, K. (2018). Teaching tolerance’s perspectives for a diverse America: A resource for elementary educators who want to teach about race, class, gender, and sexuality while meeting national standards. In L. Willox & K. Brant (Eds.), It’s Being Done in Social Studies: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in the Pre/K-12 Curriculum.
- Makaiau, A. S. (2017). Philosophy for Children Hawai‘i: A Culturally Responsive Pedagogy for Social Justice Education. In C. C. L. & L. Sequeira (Ed.), Inclusion, Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue in Young People’s Inquiry (pp. 99–110). Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
- Makaiau, A. S. (2017). A Citizen’s Education: The Philosophy for Children Hawai‘i Approach to Deliberative Pedagogy. In M. R. Gregory, J. Haynes, & K. Murris (Eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children (pp. 19–26). London, England: Routledge.
- Makaiau, A. S., Ching-Sze Wang, J., Ragoonaden, K., & Leng, L. (2017). Empowering Global P4C Research and Practice Through Self-Study: The Philosophy for Children Hawai‘i International Journaling and Self-Study Project. In M. R. Gregory, J. Haynes, & K. Murris (Eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children (pp. 227–235). London, England: Routledge.
- Makaiau, A. S., Ching-Sze Wang, J., Ragoonaden, K., Leng, L., & DeWoody, H. (2016). Critical Friendship, Mindfulness, and the Philosophy for Children Hawai‘i Approach to Teaching and Learning: Findings from an International Online Collaborative Journaling Project for Teacher Educators. In K. R. & S. M. Bullock (Ed.), Mindfulness and Critical Friendship: A New Perspective on Professional Development for Educators (pp. 59–76). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
- Makaiau, A. S., & Freese, A. R. (2008). Establishing a learning community as a site to explore our multicultural selves. In Learning Communities in Practice (pp. 103–116). New York, NY: Springer Science & Business Media.
- Makaiau, A. S., Ragoonaden, K., Leng, L., Mangram, C., & Toyoda, M. (2019). The Handmaid’s Tale: Using Literature and Online Journaling to Facilitate a Self-Study of Feminist Identity in an International Research Collective. Studying Teacher Education, 15, 334–354.
- Makaiau, A. S., Sugimoto-Matsuda, J., Glassco, K., Honda, F., Rehurer, D., Kida, L., … Mark, G. (2019). Ethnic studies now! Three reasons why ethnic studies should be a requirement for high school graduation in the United States. The Oregon Journal of the Social Studies.
- Makaiau, A. S., & Tanaka, N. (2018). Philosophy for children: A deliberative pedagogy for teaching social studies in Japan and the USA. The Journal of International Social Studies, 8(2), 29–54.
- Makaiau, A. S., & Tanaka, N. (2018). 探究学習にみられる対話の原理—子どもの社会文化的文脈を活用した日米社会科共同実践から—/The Nature of Dialogue and Inquiry-Based Learning: Through the Reconsideration of Social Studies Education Research Methodology in a Globalized Society. The Journal of Social Studies, 134, 72–85.
- Makaiau, A. S. (2017). Using a Philosopher’s Pedagogy to Teach School Subjects: The Case of Ethnic Studies at Kailua High School. Journal of Philosophy in Schools, 4(1), 4–26.
- Makaiau, A. S. (2016). The Philosophy for Children Hawai‘i Approach to Deliberative Pedagogy: A Promising Practice for Preparing Pre-Service Social Studies Teachers in the College of Education. Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis, 36(1), 1–7.
- Makaiau, A. S., Leng, L., & Fukui, S. (2015). Journaling and self-study in an international research collective. Studying Teacher Educaiton, 11, 64–80.
- Makaiau, A. S. (2015). From School-Culture-to-Family-Culture: Reflections on Four Generations of a Deweyian Education in Hawai‘i. Educational Perspectives, 47(1 & 2), 43–48.
- Makaiau, A. S. (2013). Incorporating the Activity of Philosophy into Social Studies; A Seven-Part Philosophical Inquiry Process. Questions: Philosophy for Young People, 13, 15–17.
- Makaiau, A. S., & Lukey, B. (2013). A Philosopher's Pedagogy: A Three-Part Model for School Betterment. Journal of Academic Perspectives, 9, 1–13.
- Makaiau, A. S., & Freese, A. R. (2013). A transformational journey: Exploring our multicultural identities through self-study. Studying Teacher Education, 9, 141–151.
- Makaiau, A. S., & Miller, C. E. (2012). The philosopher's pedagogy. Educational Perspectives, 44, 8–19.
- Makaiau, A. S. (2003). Voyaging to the outer limits of education: Reflections on P4C in the secondary classroom. Thinking: The Journal of Philosophy for Children, 17, 56–64.
- Balinbin Santos, R. C., Fujii, R. R. H., Makaiau, A. S., & Castillo, J. (2018). Putting "Place" at the Heart of Your Geo-Inquiry. Presented at National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
- Castillo, J., Fujii, R. R. H., Balinbin Santos, R. C., & Makaiau, A. S. (2018). Putting "Place" at the Heart of Your Geo-Inquiry. Presented at Schools of the Future Conference, Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.
- Makaiau, A. S., Mangram, C., Frambaugh-Kritzer, C., Miller, C. E., & Mawyer, K. K. N. (2018). Making our stance on social justice education explicit: Using the teaching tolerance social justice standards to redesign the UHM ITE secondary teacher preparation program. Presented at The 8th International Conference on Education and Social Justice, Honolulu, Hawai'i.
- Makaiau, A. S. (2019). OC16 Segment Featuring the UHM COE-Hanahau’oli School Partnership.
- Makaiau, A. S. (2017). C3 Hawaii: Making our Social Justice Education Mission Explicit.
- Makaiau, A. S. (2017). Making our Stance on Social Justice Education Explicit.
- Makaiau, A. S. (2017). Want to Teach Election 2016? Start with “Intellectual Safety.” .
- Makaiau, A. S. (2017). BioBlitz Recognized as Integral to Cutting Edge Action-Oriented Inquiry-Based Social Studies Teaching and Learning.
- Makaiau, A. S. (2015). Cultivating and Nurturing Collaborative Civic Space.
- Makaiau, A. S. (2015). TT Awardee Spotlight: Amber Strong Makaiau.
- Makaiau, A. S. (2011). Why we Need to Preserve Social Studies in the State of Hawaii.
- Makaiau, A. S. (2011). Verbatim: Policy 4540 Marginalizes Hawaii’s Youth.
Research / Evaluation Reports
- Makaiau, A. S. (2010). Adolescent identity exploration in a multicultural community context; An educator's approach to rethinking identity interventions (pp. 1-383). Proquest.