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NMC Instructor’s Articles Published in Regional Publication (June 11, 2008)

Culture-related articles authored by Northern Marianas College Instructor Constantine “Dean” Papadopoulus, Ph.D., were recently published in the Pacific Educator Magazine, a publication distributed in Hawaii, American Samoa and throughout Micronesia.

The most recent article, “The Benefits of Culture,” was featured in the magazine’s recent Spring 2008 issue. As its title expresses, the article highlights the many benefits of culture and also provides an example-filled explanation of people’s attachment to their culture in spite of the unintentional obligation and frustrations that it causes. Among the benefits of culture, according to Dr. Papadopoulus, are its roles in organizing life with traditional, habitual customs that bind one to a group, providing people with face-to-face human interaction needed for development and survival, and endowing individuals with a sense of belonging to a larger collective.

In “The Major Components of Culture,” which figured in Pacific Educator’s Spring 2007 issue, Papadopoulus discusses how understanding the role of language, customs, and land”the key pillars of culture”can help educators become more effective when communicating with their students.

“Dr. Papadopoulus’s articles provide a refreshing perspective about how culture plays a fundamental role in the classroom,” said NMC President Dr. Carmen Fernandez. “We are proud that his work is shared regionally so that others may benefit from his academic commentaries.”

Papadopoulus is an instructor at the college’s Language and Humanities Department. The Pacific Educator Magazine is published by the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL), which serves children and educators in the CNMI, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, and Palau. Archived copies of the articles can be found at PREL’s website, www.prel.org.



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