Another look in the mirror : research into the foundations for developing an alternative science curriculum for Mi'kmaw children

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dc.contributor.advisor McGee, Harold Franklin
dc.coverage.spatial Maritime Provinces
dc.creator Sable, Gertrude F. 2011-05-09T12:31:31Z 2011-05-09T12:31:31Z 1996
dc.identifier.other Q183.4 C2 S23 1996
dc.description xv, 310 leaves : maps ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description 'April 1996'.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 298-309).
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores the foundational issues for creating an alternative or complementary science curriculum for Mi'kmaw children in the elementary school grades of Nova Scotia. The extensive and rich body of knowledge inherent in traditional Mi'kmaw culture, along with traditional forms of transmitting this knowledge, are relevant, culturally unique, and potentially helpful to contemporary scientific and technological concerns. The unique world view of the Mi'kmaq is embedded in their language and cultural expressions. Their history is continuous and should not be left on the first few pages of Maritime history. Developing a science curriculum that draws on this body of knowledge and world view without compromising their integrity would broaden and enrich the predominantly Euro-centric way of teaching the sciences. This effort, however, should be led by or undertaken in cooperation with the Mi'kmaq. For centuries, Mi'kmaw children have been educated in English-speaking classrooms where principles based on a European model of education have been applied. Many Mi'kmaw children do not find a place or vision within this system and simply drop out, or are not encouraged to higher levels of education. Mi'kmaq are now demanding that their educational needs be considered, and that their culture and traditions be respected. Current studies by both Native and non-Native educators are revealing a unique way of learning about and conceiving of the world, which is embedded in Native language and traditions. Drawing upon these traditions and applying them to the study of the sciences is the challenge for educators. Creating a cross-cultural scientific dialogue in the early grades of schooling could serve to broaden children's understanding of the world, and benefit education as a whole. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
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dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc Q183.4.C2
dc.subject.lcsh Science -- Study and teaching -- Nova Scotia -- Evaluation
dc.subject.lcsh Native language and education -- Maritime Provinces -- Evaluation
dc.subject.lcsh Science -- Nova Scotia -- Curricula -- Evaluation
dc.subject.lcsh Curriculum evaluation -- Nova Scotia
dc.subject.lcsh Curriculum planning -- Nova Scotia -- Evaluation
dc.subject.lcsh Educational evaluation -- Nova Scotia
dc.subject.lcsh Mi’kmaq people -- Nova Scotia -- Education -- Evaluation
dc.subject.lcsh Folklore and education -- Maritime Provinces -- Evaluation
dc.title Another look in the mirror : research into the foundations for developing an alternative science curriculum for Mi'kmaw children
dc.type Text Master of Arts in Atlantic Canada Studies Masters Atlantic Canada Studies Program Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
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