ERIC Number: ED360105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Bridging American Indian Culture and the New Science Paradigm. Science of Alcohol Curriculum for American Indians. Training Unit [and] Participant Booklet.
Jacobs, Cecelia; Smiley-Marquez, Carolyna
People generally learn best when information is presented to them in a culturally and socially relevant context or framework. This issue is addressed by the Science of Alcohol Curriculum for American Indians through the use of the Medicine Circle, a model that represents the concepts of wholeness, interconnectedness, and balance in a manner consistent with most Native traditional ideals. Also congruent with most American Indian cultures, the "new science paradigm" emphasizes: the observer as a subjective part of the observed universe; the dynamic nature of the universe; and nature as a network rather than a hierarchy. Intended for teachers and other educational personnel involved with American Indians, this unit studies the science of alcohol through the Medicine Circle's integration of physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional perspectives in conjunction with the values of the new paradigm. Upon completion of this unit, participants will have examined: (1) their own attitudes about alcohol and abuse; (2) Medicine Circle concepts; (3) typical roles assumed by children of alcoholics as coping mechanisms; (4) personal and cultural differences in perception; (5) the effects on American Indian students of culture-based learning experiences; (6) Indian students' unique reactions to a science lesson; and (7) paradigms and paradigm shifts, limitations of the current science paradigm, and similarities of the Medicine Circle and the new science paradigm. This unit contains a participant handbook, 60 references, 20 handouts and accompanying overhead transparencies, an evaluation form, and tips for a successful training session. (SV)
Descriptors: Alcohol Education, American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, American Indians, Educational Philosophy, Holistic Approach, Models, Postsecondary Education, Relevance (Education), Teacher Education, Units of Study
AISES, 1085 Fourteenth St., Suite 1506, CO 80302 (unit, $60; additional participant booklets, $5 each).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Native Americans (DHHS/OHDS), Washington, DC.; Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Boulder, CO.