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ERIC Number: EJ995041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1571-0068
Xhosa Indigenous Knowledge: Stakeholder Awareness, Value, and Choice
Webb, Paul
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v11 n1 p89-110 Feb 2013
This study investigated a sample of isiXhosa mother tongue-speaking science teachers', their pupils', and adult local community members' awareness of Xhosa indigenous knowledge. It also investigated what aspects of this knowledge they value and think should and could be integrated into the school science curriculum and their reasons for suggesting that it should (or should not) be incorporated. The participating teachers voluntarily completed an open-ended questionnaire. On completion, they were given the task of administering the questionnaire to at least 1 of their pupils and 1 community member who they believed could contribute ideas about indigenous knowledge that might relate to science education. Interviews were held with a small sample of teachers and community members. The data generated suggest that there is a shared awareness of indigenous knowledge across the respondents (teachers, pupils, and community members). The reasons given for including indigenous knowledge in the school curriculum related mainly to the realm of recognition (social justice and cultural sensitivity), and there was also little evidence that the respondents were aware of current understandings underpinning the demarcation of science and indigenous knowledge as disciplines.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa