APRIL 2000

Editor: Michael Michie


  • The latest issue of Research in Science Education (Volume 30, Issue 1) is devoted to Autobiography and science education, and is edited by Wolff-Michael Roth. The papers are

    Roth, W-M Autobiography and science education: An introduction 1-12
    Rodriguez, A J Linking Bakhtin with feminist poststructuralism to unravel the allure of auto/biographies 13-21
    Barton, A C, & Darkside Autobiography in science education: Greater objectivity through local knowledge 23-42
    Eisenhart, M Boundaries and selves in the making of 'science' 43-55
    Lee, S, & Roth, W-M Autobiography and the paradox of change: (Dis)locating ourselves in the process 57-73
    McGonigal, J A Transacting with autobiography to transform the learning and teaching of elementary science 75-88
    Tobin, K Becoming an urban science educator 89-106
    Osborne, M D A rose in a mirror 107-122
    Roth, W-M, & Bowen, G M Learning difficulties relating to graphing: A hermeneutic phenomenological perspective 123-139
    Nichols, S E, & Tipper, D J Prospective elementary science teachers and biomythographies: An exploratory approach to autobiographical research 141-153

    For more information about "Research in Science Education", visit the ASERA website at

  • Cathryn McConaghy (2000). Rethinking Indigenous education: Culturalism, colonialism and the politics of knowing. Flaxton, Qld: Post Pressed.

    "The book seeks to make connections and to turn the gaze in on the processes by which disciplinary knowledges as constituted in colonial and postcolonial texts. ... The book signals a need for 'postculturalism' within Indigenous education and suggests some of the intractable problems associated with culturalism in this field." (flier)

    The author is a lecturer in education at University of New England and previously taught at Batchelor College.

    The book is available from the publisher for AU$47.95 plus postage. The address is Post Pressed, 31 Allara St, Flaxton Qld 4560, tel. (07) 5445 7616, email

  • Russell Bishop & Ted Glynn (1999). Culture counts: Changing power relations in education. Palmerston North, NZ: Dunmore Press

    "Current educational policies and practices in most Western countries were developed and continue to be developed within a framework of colonialism - a context of epistemological racism that is fundamentally embedded in the dominant culture.

    "The model for addressing cultural diversity that is presented in this book is based on an indigenous Kaupapa Maori response to the dominant discourse within New Zealand....." (cover)

    A couple of other papers have come to my attention:

    Atwater, M.M. (2000). Equity for Black Americans in precollege science. Science Education, 84, 154-179.

    Pockley, P. (2000). Clues to rainbow serpent from fossil find. Australasian Science, March 2000, 7. (As the poststructuralists would ask, "Whose interests are being represented and served" in this report?)

    In the February bulletin, I noted a new book by Gregory Cajete entitled Igniting the sparkle: An Indigenous science education model. Cajete had also written Look to the mountain: An ecology of Indigenous education.

    For information about these books, you can visit the publisher's website at Both books are available through Amazon.

    Mark Linkson found reference to some classroom resources at the Exploratorium store website. They are

    Science across culture

    Math across culture

    Glen Aikenhead asked for the following items to be brought to the attention of members of the network. It may have been already circulated.

    "I'd like to let people know about our recently up-dated web site for our project "Cross-Cultural Science & Technology Units".

    The actual units will be available for down loading as pdf files in June, once they are polished finished, with all the photographs in place. In the meantime, there is some specific information about them, and I'll add more from time to time."

    I think this also came via Glen:

    Subject: Proceedings of the 9th Symposium of the International Organisation for Science and Technology Education

    This is to inform you that the proceedings of the 9th Symposium of IOSTE held in Durban, South Africa in June 1999 are available as two volumes at a cost of US$55.00. The cost is inclusive of postage through surface mail. If you are interested in purchasing the proceedings, please contact me by email.

    Thanking you
    Yours sincerely

    Alan Pillay [

    Chairperson of the 9th Symposium of IOSTE

    You may have received this note from Geoff Bunn recently:

    Dear all,

    From Geoff Bunn Head of Science and Learning Team Leader (Yr 8).

    Apart from 1999 in Albany (S-W of the State) I have spent 7 years at Broome SHS and now have an extra role as Learning team Leader for 2000. I have been a recipient of the Indigenous Science network material since the July 1998 CONASTA Conference in Darwin.

    My reason for canvassing all of you is that I am currently enrolled in a Masters Course at UWA - School of Graduate Education in Educational Management. I have hitched a ride on this list to seek your help. My area of study is tentatively "Analysis of Factors involved in academic/ vocational performance by adolescent indigenous males in science in rural/remote secondary schools". If any recipients of this email could assist I am particularly interested in any findings/research over the past 5-7 years pertaining to :

    - Factors influencing boys learning
    - Performance of Indigenous males in academic/vocational courses
    - Factors identified that have significance in performance, achievement, course completion etc
    - Comparison to non-indigenous populations and to male-female comparisons
    - Target group preferably 12-17 age range
    - Techniques used to elicit information

    If you are able to assist directly or indirectly by providing further contacts this would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to further communication and discussion of these issues.

    Regards Geoff Bunn <>


    The Sixth UNESCO-ACEID International Conference on Education

    Global and Indigenous knowledge for a learned society: Innovative approaches including new technologies and concepts of intelligence

    12-15 December 2000
    Bangkok, Thailand

    The purpose of this Conference is to identify the contribution global knowledge and indigenous knowledge can make to education for a learned society into the 21st century from an innovative perspective which focuses primarily on modern technology and concepts of intelligence such as multiple intelligences.

    For more information, email: or contact me (

    (ACEID is the Asia-Pacific Centre of Educational Innovation for Development)

    Our Culture, Our Future: Report on Australian Indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights

    This report was prepared by Terri Janke for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) last year. The recommendations aim to provide guidance to Indigenous peoples, government and industry concerning

    1. the rights Indigenous Australians want in relation to their cultural and intellectual property
    2. the range of measures that could be adopted and implemented to provide these rights.

    The report can be accessed through

    It can be downloaded in its entirety at this site (a pdf file of 380 pages) or you can read the executive summary and other information sheets.

    Compiled 31 March 2000

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