ERIC Number: ED443601
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Building Partnerships in Polar Research and Education. Report from the Arctic Science Education Workshop (New Orleans, Louisiana, April 6-8, 1997).
Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, Fairbanks, AK.
To examine the role of arctic science in U.S. primary and secondary education, 58 teachers, researchers, and curriculum specialists met in a workshop in April 1997 in New Orleans. The workshop sought to provide a forum for development of K-12 educational materials investigating the Arctic and to bring current research activities into K-12 classrooms in arctic communities. Although the primary focus was on arctic science education, antarctic perspectives were also presented to create a broader, polar theme. Participants formed working groups for three major tasks: planning for media-based arctic science education, including live video expeditions complemented by Internet and classroom activities; developing curriculum resources that emphasize linkages among researchers, educators, and communities; and creating specific partnership projects on the arctic environment and Alaska Native culture and indigenous knowledge. The other major workshop theme--science education efforts within Alaska--explored the idea of an education system that respects and uses the philosophical and pedagogical bases of Native cultural traditions. Presentations offered diverse perspectives on improving educational methods in arctic schools, bridging differing world views, and incorporating traditional knowledge into science curricula. Workshop recommendations are summarized, and projects initiated since the workshop are briefly described. Appendices include presentation abstracts, the workshop agenda, and contact information for participants. (Contains photographs.) (SV)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, Culturally Relevant Education, Curriculum Development, Distance Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Indigenous Knowledge, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, Science Education, Workshops
Full text at Web site: http://www.arcus.org/Education/Education_Report.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, Fairbanks, AK.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska; Antarctica