ERIC Number: ED149890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Process for Developing a Turn-on Science Program for Native Indian Students at the Secondary Level.
Kalra, R. M.
The project aims to illustrate the extent of Native Indian scientific achievements and to correlate this information with the science concepts taught in schools; to make some practical suggestions to teachers and prospective teachers, in order to make science education more meaningful to Native Indian students; to propose a model of the process used to develop science curriculum material for these students; and to develop the "Turn-On Science Program" (TOSP) for Native Indian students. TOSP is designed for junior high school students who are disinterested in science and potential dropouts. The units cover: the technical world; environmental science; psychic drugs, alcohol, and you; Native Indian scientific knowledge; plants and Native peoples in British Columbia; suggested activities in physical sciences; and science is fun--Christmas and Easter chemical demonstrations, a science fair, and science and the national economy. Each unit describes its content, references, objectives, materials, examples, activities, and evaluation. These units utilize only the materials concerning Native Indians which the teacher can easily secure and is designed to provide useful scientific learning. Their organization is partly in the form of problems and the laboratory work is included as an integral part of the problem. A new approach to the examination and evaluation of science education for Native Indian students is provided. Additional suggested readings and biographical information of five successful Indians is included. (NQ)
Descriptors: American Indians, Canada Natives, Community Influence, Course Content, Course Organization, Cultural Activities, Curriculum Development, Drug Education, Environmental Education, Junior High School Students, Program Development, Science Activities, Science Education, Science Instruction, Secondary Education, Secondary School Science, Student Evaluation, Unit Plan
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Inst. of British Columbia, Vancouver.