Culture Studies in Science Education
Wed, 02 Dec 98 09:33:16 -0700


Notice about Culture Studies in Science Education
From: Glen Aikenhead <>
Date: 12/2/98 9:16 AM

Dear Colleages,

This note is to let you know about an interesting forthcoming preconference
workshop, March 28, 8:30 am, to be held in conjuction with the 1999 NARST
conference in Boston, March 28-31. Details are found just below this note.
The workshop will actually begin on the internet Feb. 1, 1999. Please pass
the information on to anyone interested in culture studies in science



"Culture Studies in Science Education: Students' Indigenous Cultures versus
the Culture of Science."


This workshop is for new and experienced scholars in the field of culture
studies in science education. International researchers experienced in this
field will initiate discussion by posting papers on a website
( by February 1, 1999.
Contributors are Mary Atwater, Bill Cobern, Eva Krugly-Smolska, Okhee Lee,
Masaka Ogawa, Peter Okebukola, Alberto J. Rodriguez, Willy Solano-Flores,
Peter Taylor, Nancy Allen, Olugbemiro Jegede, & Glen Aikenhead. General
topics include: What is the nature of the cultural clashes between students
and Western science?, What does "science for all" mean in a multicultural
or cross-cultural science setting?, and What implications does this have
for curriculum, instruction, and teacher education? Participants will have
the opportunity to study the papers and contribute to an electronic
discussion between February 1 and March 15. The on-line discussion will set
the final agenda for the workshop. No papers will be presented at the
workshop. Instead, participants will discuss, in small groups organized by
topic, where this field of research has been and where it might go next.
Each working group will make a final presentation toward the end of the


Workshop Facilitators:

Glen Aikenhead, University of Saskatchewan, CANADA
Nancy Allen, The University of Texas at Austin, TX
Olugbemiro Jegede, The Open University of Hong Kong

Idea Generators:

Mary Atwater, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Topic: Future changes in teacher education for effective multicultural
science teaching.

Bill Cobern, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Topic: The cultural nature of the concept "scientific worldview".

Eva Krugly-Smolska, Queen's University, CANADA
Topic: Research on multiculturalism applied to students' learning school

Okhee Lee, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Topic: Worldviews - ethnicity, gender, and social class.

Masakata Ogawa, Ibaraki University, JAPAN
Topic: Extending the realm of science education through extending the
meaning of "science".

Peter Okebukola, Lagos State University, NIGERIA
Topic: Nomadic and street children's development and use of science
concepts: Implications for cross-cultural science teaching.

Alberto Rodriguez, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
Topic: Courage and the researcher's gaze: (Re)defining our roles as
cultural workers for social change.

Willy Solano-Flores, WestEd, Menlo Park, CA
Topic: Development of a culturally-responsive assessment development model.

Peter Taylor, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, AUSTRALIA
Topic: Whose interests are being served in school science? Implications
for the science education community's stance towards cross-cultural science

Nancy Allen
Topic: Avoiding intellectual colonialism in defining science for all.

Olugbemiro Jegede & Glen Aikenhead.
Topic: Transcending cultural borders: Implications for science teaching.

Dr. Glen S. Aikenhead
College of Education
University of Saskatchewan
28 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK, S7N 0X1

voice phone: 1-306-966-7563
FAX: 1-306-966-7658

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