ERIC Number: ED407222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Indigenous Models for Science-and-Culture Curriculum Development.
Allen, Nancy J.
This study examines indigenous models for the integration of science and culture into curriculum and instruction and was conducted in 13 Native American Indian schools over an 18-month period. In the summer of 1996, the Four Directions Challenge in Technology Project brought together teams of teachers, administrators, community members, and students from the schools for a two-week institute in culture, technology, and curriculum development. The teams produced thematic curricula and multimedia projects that incorporated science and culture. Classroom discussions, electronic journals, informal interviews, and curriculum products were used to determine group priorities and concerns, models for cultural integration, and effective ways to support local curriculum reform. Results indicate that although teams often shared areas of concern--and thus targeted similar science content--the models used for curriculum development differed according to community values concerning culture and instruction. Suggestions include providing communities with continued instruction in curriculum design and encouraging local control of content. Contains 39 references. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Oak Brook, IL, March 21-24, 1997).