ERIC Number: ED420488
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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American Indian Standards for Science Education.
Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. Office of Indian Education Programs.; ORBIS Associates, Washington, DC.
These American Indian standards for science education were developed in close alignment with the 1995 "National Science Education Standards," but tailored specifically for use in schools serving American Indian students. This document applies most of the science concepts of the U.S. national standards to American Indian life and issues, but there are significant differences between traditional American Indian beliefs and the empirical basis of Western science. Thus, making blanket alignments--"Indianizing" all of the national standards--to reflect Indian knowledge and ways of knowing, was not possible. These content standards are organized into three grade level groupings: K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. Within each grade level grouping, the standards indicate areas of knowledge that all Indian students should understand for seven broad topics: science as inquiry, physical science, life science, earth and space science, science and technology, science in personal and social perspectives, and history and nature of science. This document may also be used by American Indian nations to develop their own tribally specific local standards and as a tool to adapt state standards to be more culturally relevant to Indian communities. (SV)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: Bureau of Indian Affairs (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. Office of Indian Education Programs.; ORBIS Associates, Washington, DC.