ERIC Number: ED349160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
BIA Workshops: Toward Implementing Self-Determination in Teaching Cultural Science.
Haukoos, Gerry D.; LeBeau, Dorothy
The document claims that American Indians are the least represented culturally different population in science-related fields of study. In American Indian community schools, science is still taught using outdated conformity-and-assimilation strategies, which neglect consideration of Native American cultural views. The report describes a study conducted on a 2-week institute for 154 elementary teachers from 23 Indian Nations, that provided an opportunity to obtain new content and methods for teaching science and math. The objectives of this inservice program were to convince teachers that: (1) science was to be taught using an inquiry approach with hands-on manipulatives in a problem solving situation and (2) integration of culture with science was necessary. A pretest-posttest instrument focusing on the objectives was given to the teachers. Results indicate that there were statistically significant increases in participants' understanding of how science and American Indian culture can be integrated and in the valuing of hands-on student centered strategies. The addendum contains three representative activities: Canoe Construction, Mystery Soils, and How Worms Survive. (Contains 10 references.) (PR)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hands on Science Activities
Note: Paper presented at the National Convention of the National Science Teachers Association (39th, Houston, TX, March 30, 1991).