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ERIC Number: ED415071
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Science Explorers Translation Project.
Jacobs, Dolores
This paper describes a pilot project of Los Alamos National Laboratory (New Mexico) to translate a science education curriculum for junior and senior high school students into Navajo. The project consisted of translating a video, a teacher's guide, and an interactive multimedia product on the 1993 hantavirus outbreak in the Four Corners area (adjacent areas of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado). The video presents a medical mystery and tells the story of how the virus was identified and treated. The focus of the story is the medical community; how their methods contributed to eventual understanding of environmental and physiological reasons for the outbreak; and cultural, social, and economic impacts on local communities. The teacher's guide contains classroom activities that lead students through an investigation illustrating the real issues that scientists face. The translation project began through discussions with an advisory group of teachers on the Navajo Nation. Advertisements for translators were placed in local newspapers, and a team of five translators was formed: two teachers, a linguist, a patient advocate who translates medical procedures, and a farmer/businessman with relevant interests. Team members attended training sessions and committed to working 120 hours on the translation and attending monthly consensus workshops. Problems encountered and solved by the team are discussed. The translated products will be piloted by five teachers who will use the Navajo and English versions, side by side. Evaluation questions and project benefits are noted. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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