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ERIC Number: ED092368
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 2
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Home Culture Influence on Learning about Natural Phenomena in School: A Case Study in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
Conkright, Tom
Science educators and individual teachers have attempted to adapt global learning strategies to the local cultural environment. This research provides empirical evidence for one culture, the Kpa-Mende. Anthropological field methods were used to collect data to develop a base from which to ask meaningful questions about natural phenomena. The sample schools in general were found to offer relatively little explicit science instruction concerning natural phenomena of major concern to the Kpa-Mende. Classroom instruction tended to emphasize more abstract scientific concepts. Students were interviewed concerning the explanation for 12 natural phenomena. In the pilot study, using a three-point grading for school answers, the student responses without home explanations were found to be statistically more like the schools than those with home explanations. The main study ranked the phenomena according to the percentage of fathers who discussed a single culture item at home. A correlation of the adult percentage with student grouped scores was not significant. A correlation of adult percentage with those of students expressing the same explanations was significant at the .05 level. It was noted that many of the students failed to use school information. Strategies need to be developed to sensitize teachers to nonschool learning. (Author/EB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; Sierra Leone