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ERIC Number: EJ758604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
Field Ecology in a Cultural Context
Vierling, Kerri T.; Bolman, Jacquelyn; Lane, Kelly
Science Teacher, v72 n3 p26-31 Mar 2005
Ecological studies that examine how organisms interact with their environment provide a particularly useful backdrop for high school students to both quantitatively and qualitatively explore the natural world. In Hot Springs, South Dakota, the authors developed a module that integrated modern ecological theory within an American Indian cultural framework. In this weeklong field ecology course, Lakota Sioux high school students explored woodpecker habitat selection and fire ecology. American Indian students learn best when content is presented in an active-learning setting, is communicated through visual or oral means, is tethered to cultural context, and involves a holistic view of natural systems coupled with a holistic approach to learning. The following article describes the module the authors developed and how these elements were incorporated. The module can be modified to correlate with regular semester coursework as well as different cultures. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Dakota