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Developing Culturally Based Science Curriculum for Native American Classrooms

This paper provides an overview of an academically rigorous, culturally relevant and responsive curriculum and instruction model that is based on the Native Science Connections Research Project (NSCRP) and funded by the National Science Foundation. The model is action and inquiry oriented as well as culturally based and integrates or "connects" Native students' traditional culture knowledge with Western science for fifth grade students in public, contract and BIA schools on the Navajo, Hopi, San Carlos Apache and Zuni reservations. One school principal stated, "the NSCRP brings purpose and meaning to what the students are doing because it integrates Navajo thought and content with Western content. It honors who the students are...it [also] strengthened our teachers' self-confidence about using their native language and culture."

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Date Of Record Release 2014-05-28 14:09:48
Description This paper provides an overview of an academically rigorous, culturally relevant and responsive curriculum and instruction model that is based on the Native Science Connections Research Project (NSCRP) and funded by the National Science Foundation. The model is action and inquiry oriented as well as culturally based and integrates or "connects" Native students' traditional culture knowledge with Western science for fifth grade students in public, contract and BIA schools on the Navajo, Hopi, San Carlos Apache and Zuni reservations. One school principal stated, "the NSCRP brings purpose and meaning to what the students are doing because it integrates Navajo thought and content with Western content. It honors who the students are...it [also] strengthened our teachers' self-confidence about using their native language and culture."
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Keyword Tribal College, Tribal High School, Culturally Relevant Science
Date Of Record Creation 2014-05-28 13:59:10
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Date Last Modified 2014-05-28 14:09:48
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2014-05-28 13:59:10 (W3C-DTF)

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