ERIC Number: EJ1033755
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Reference Count: 7
What Does Culture Have to Do with Teaching Science?
Madden, Lauren; Joshi, Arti
Science and Children, v51 n1 p66-69 Sep 2013
In nearly every elementary school, plants are an important part of the science curriculum. Understanding basic ideas about plants prepares children to study more complicated scientific concepts including cell biology, genetics and heredity, complex ecosystem interactions, and evolution. It is especially important that teachers of children at the early elementary level teach children about plants to address their common misconceptions. One strategy for teaching plants, or any other scientific topic, in a way that encourages sense-making and deep learning in children is to connect learning to children's cultures. On a very basic level, when the school's curriculum incorporates the students' backgrounds and cultures, it sends a message to the students that their cultural practices are valued and acknowledged. The article provides a guide for teaching plant growth from an Asian-Hindu lens.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Cultural Influences, Asian Culture, Culturally Relevant Education, Plants (Botany), Relevance (Education), Religion, Religious Factors
National Science Teachers Association. 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3000. Tel: 800-722-6782; Fax: 703-243-3924; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.nsta.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A