ERIC Number: ED270304
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Science Education & Cultural Environments in the Americas. Report of the Inter-American Seminar on Science Education (Panama City, Panama, December 10-14, 1984).
Gallagher, James J., Ed.; Dawson, George, Ed.
The impact of cultural background on science learning is explored in this compilation of papers and reports from an inter-American Seminar on science education. For the purposes of enriching science program planning, teacher education, research, and practice in the schools, varying ideas are offered on the effects of cultural background on science learning. Papers and other materials are presented under the chapter headings of: (1) introduction (specifying the purposes and organization of the seminar); (2) culture, cognition, and science learning (addressing such aspects as bilingual children's cognition, ethno-science, and curricular pluralism); (3) theory, goals, and strategies of science teaching (including an exploration of instructional strategies, a meta-analysis of the effects of teaching problem solving, and ideas on teaching science); (4) program development (explaining projects in primary school science, ecology, ocean fisheries, and science education in the Caribbean); (5) educating teachers for culturally diverse students (focusing on science teacher training projects); (6) working group projects (providing summaries of each of the four working group's topic areas); and (7) summary and projections (citing the seminar's recommendations for future actions). Four appendices contain a list of seminar planners and participants, a schedule of activities, a list of educators making up the inter-American science education network, and data sources and science education journals. (ML)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Influences, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, International Educational Exchange, International Programs, Learning Strategies, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Secondary School Science, Teacher Education Programs
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Organization of American States, Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; National Science Teachers Association, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A