ERIC Number: EJ984329
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Indigenous Elementary Students' Science Instruction in Taiwan: Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science
Lee, Huei; Yen, Chiung-Fen; Aikenhead, Glen S.
Research in Science Education, v42 n6 p1183-1199 Dec 2012
This preliminary ethnographic investigation focused on how Indigenous traditional wisdom can be incorporated into school science and what students learned as a result. Participants included community elders and knowledge keepers, as well as 4th grade (10-year-old) students, all of Amis ancestry, an Indigenous tribe in Taiwan. The students' non-Indigenous teacher played a central role in developing a science module "Measuring Time" that combined Amis knowledge and Western science knowledge. The study identified two "cultural" worldview perspectives on time; for example, the place-based cyclical time held by the Amis, and the universal rectilinear time presupposed by scientists. Students' pre-instructional fragmented concepts from both knowledge systems became more informed and refined through their engagement in "Measuring Time". Students' increased interest and pride in their Amis culture were noted.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Indigenous Knowledge, Grade 4, Elementary School Science, Ethnography, Culturally Relevant Education, School Community Relationship, Science Curriculum, Cultural Differences, Time, World Views, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan