ERIC Number: EJ995035
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
Impacts of a Place-Based Science Curriculum on Student Place Attachment in Hawaiian and Western Cultural Institutions at an Urban High School in Hawai'i
Kuwahara, Jennifer L. H.
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v11 n1 p191-212 Feb 2013
This study investigates how students' participation in a place-based science curriculum may influence their place attachment (dependence and identity). Participants attend an urban high school in Hawai'i and are members of different cultural institutions within the school. Students are either enrolled in an environmental science class within the Hawaiian Academy or in a general biology, non-academy affiliated science class. Interview transcripts, field notes, and student documents suggest place-based science had different impacts on student place attachment depending on cultural affiliation within the school. Namely, students in the Hawaiian Academy show greater depth of understanding of science concepts and content, while non-Hawaiian Academy students show interest in the affective aspects of the class. Members from both groups show an increase in the incorporation of the natural environment as an aspect of their place attachments. Results suggest a need for learning opportunities that promote cultures, identities, and literacies not typically recognized in school for all students.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, High Schools, Secondary School Science, Urban Schools, Cultural Centers, Science Curriculum, Student Attitudes, Environmental Education, Biology, Interviews, Scientific Concepts, Affective Behavior, Natural Resources, Geographic Location, Cultural Awareness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii