ERIC Number: EJ942306
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Home Culture, Science, School and Science Learning: Is Reconciliation Possible?
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v6 n3 p559-567 Sep 2011
In response to Meyer and Crawford's article on how nature of science and authentic science inquiry strategies can be used to support the learning of science for underrepresented students, I explore the possibly of reconciliation between the cultures of school, science, school science as well as home. Such reconciliation is only possible when science teachers are cognizant of the factors affecting the cultural values and belief systems of underrepresented students. Using my experience as an Asian learner of WMS, I suggest that open and honest dialogues in science classrooms will allow for greater clarity of the ideals that WMS profess and cultural beliefs of underrepresented students. This in-depth understanding will eliminate guesswork and unrealistic expectations and in the process promote tolerance and acceptance of diversity in ways of knowing.
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Beliefs, Values, Science Teachers, Cultural Differences, Educational Environment, Family Environment, Science Instruction, Science Education, Disproportionate Representation, Cultural Traits, Universities, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia