Indigenous Science Network Bulletin

April 2001 (Volume 4, Number 2)

Editor: Michael Michie



Science Education (volume 85, issue number 1)

“The Journal is pleased to present a continuation of the science education/multiculturalism debate in the form of an organized article set that involves authors from Africa, the Middle East, North America, the Pacific Islands, and Scandinavia. The three plenary articles by Snively and Corsiglia, Stanley and Brickhouse, and Cobern and Loving are based on papers presented during a symposium on multiculturalism at the 1998 National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Meeting. Prior to acceptance, the manuscripts for the plenary articles were reviewed according to the Journal’s standard practice. The letters of response were solicited by the section editor to represent both a variety of viewpoints and geographical locations.” W.W. Cobern, Section Editor for Culture and Comparative Studies.



  • Editorial: Talking about issues    William W. Cobern
  • Introduction: Shifting perspectives from universalism to cross-culturalism            Bradford F. Lewis and Glen S. Aikenhead
  • Discovering Indigenous science: Implications for science education         Gloria Snively and John Corsiglia
  • Teaching sciences: The multicultural question revisited    William B. Stanley and Nancy W. Brickhouse
  • Defining “science” in a multicultural world: Implications for science education      William W. Cobern and Catherine C. Loving
  • Each is necessary and none is redundant: The need for science in developing countries   Henry Augustine Brown-Acquaye
  • Universalism, multiculturalism, and science education     Gurol Irzik
  • Cultural diversity: Masking power with innocence          Elizabeth McKinley
  • Multicultural science: Who benefits?      Bernard R. Ortiz de Montellano
  • Rethinking the discussion about science education in a multicultural world: Some alternative questions as a new point of departure          Margareta Svennbeck
  • Rejoinder: Infusing Indigenous science into western modern science for a sustainable future        John Corsiglia and Gloria Snively
  • Response to our critics  William B. Stanley and Nancy W. Brickhouse


Abstracts for some of the longer papers are at the Science Education index site,


Also recently published in Science Education:

Aikenhead, G.S. (2001). Students’ ease in crossing cultural borders into school science. Science Education, 85(2), 180-188. Abstract at


Science for the citizen: For educators and the public


Peter Fensham ( has asked me to advise members of the Network that this book has been published as a special issue of the Melbourne Studies in Education. It is edited by Roger Cross and Peter Fensham.


"Our aim in this volume has been to bring together a range of views about the various problems confronting the enhancement of the public understanding of science and the implications for school science.

"We offer this book in the course of promoting a more democratic society through citizens' appreciation of and the ability to interact with science in society."

Three main themes are explored:

  • Science and the citizen
  • Issues for the schooling of science
  • School science and the public interest.


The book can be ordered from:

Arena Printing and Publishing

35 Argyle Street

Fitzroy 3065


Tel. (03) 9416 0232, Fax (03) 9416 0684



In Australia: $A35 (includes GST and postage)

Overseas: $US35 or £25 (includes airmail postage)

Bankcard, Visa and Mastercard accepted.


Forwarded from Canadian Journal of Environmental Education <>


A. Jarnet, B. Jickling, L. Sauvé, A. E. J. Wals, & P. Clarkin (Eds.) (2000). The Future of Environmental Education in a Postmodern World?


Printed proceedings of the on-line colloquium, hosted by the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, are now available. Those interested in this internet discussion will find posted papers and the various discussion threads gathered into one volume. In publishing these proceedings the editors recognize a need to think carefully about how we shape the future of environmental education. Through this publication we wish to encourage discussion about how our aims are conceived and implemented.


Copies are available at a cost of $CAN 25.00 (includes GST where applicable) plus $5.00 for out of Canada shipping and handling. To order please complete the order form presented below then mail or fax to: Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, Yukon College, Box 2799,Whitehorse, Yukon, CANADA,Y1A 5K4. (Fax) 867 668-8828.

Cheques, Visa and Mastercard are acceptable methods of payment.

NB The website, i.e. the online colloquium, is at



The Alaskan Native Educators' Conference was held recently and amongst the agenda items were the draft "Guidelines for nurturing culturally healthy youth" and draft "Guidelines for strengthening indigenous languages". If you are interested in downloading either of these documents (available in pdf or html), visit their website at This website also includes the other standards that have been published by the Alaskan Native Knowledge Network.


Also available from the Alaskan Native Knowledge Network is their regular newsletter, Sharing our pathways ( The newsletter can be downloaded in either PDF or HTML versions, although I have had difficulty in downloading the PDF version this time.


6th UNESCO-ACEID International Conference on Education, 12-15 December 2000, Bangkok, Thailand

“Information Technologies in Educational Innovation for Development: Interfacing Global and Indigenous Knowledge”


Some of the keynote speeches from the 2000 conference can be found at the website. As it involved Indigenous knowledge, there may be some of interest to members of the network.


Official Opening - Anand Panyarachun

Raja Roy Singh Lecture - Vladimir Kinelev Information Technologies in Educational Innovation for Development: Interfacing Global and Indigenous Knowledge


Summaries of Plenary Presentations

a. Plenary One

"Global Knowledge, Intelligence and Education for a Learning Society", Magdalena MOK and Yin Cheong Cheng, Centre for Research and International Collaboration, Hong Kong Institute of Education

"Indigenous Knowledge for a Learning Society", Rung Kaewdang, Office of the National Education Commission, Thailand (ONEC)

"New Technologies for a Learning Society",Carmelita Villaneuva, PROAP Information Programmes and Services, UNESCO, Bangkok

"Multiple Intelligences (MI) in a Learning Society", Pilar Habito, Cahbriba Alternative School Foundation


b. Plenary Two

"Interfacing Global and Indigenous Knowledge for Improved Learning", Konai Thaman, The University of the South Pacific

"Interfacing Global and Indigenous Knowledge in the Curriculum", Paul Hughes, Flinders University of South Australia

"Interfacing Global and Indigenous Knowledge in Evaluation and Assessment",Michael Mel, The University of Goroka, Papua New Guinea

"Interfacing Global and Indigenous Knowledge for Teacher Education and Training", Paul Morris, Hong Kong Institute of Education


c. Plenary Three

"The Global and the Local in Partnership: Innovative Approaches to Citizenship Education", David Grossman, Hong Kong Institute of Education

"Transforming Developmental Options for Knowledge-rich, Economically-poor people: From Grassroots Innovations to Global Space", Anil Gupta, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

"Interfacing Multiple Intelligences with Information Technology", Teresa Valmonte, IT Works

"Education and Business Cooperation", Kanchit Malaivongs, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand

The Way Ahead - Victor Ordoñez


Preliminary information about the UNESCO-ACEID conference in December 2001 appears below.




Telling Our Stories

Presentation proposals and registrations are now being accepted for the seventh annual meeting of the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication, July 18-20, 2001, in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada


Storytelling has always bee important to northern peoples. And now the narrative voice is being rediscovered. Today many practitioners and researchers think of their work as "telling stories." The three conference strands link themes central to the "northerness" of the conference location and the teaching and learning of traditional forms of communication. Come and share your stories.

Act now, the deadline for proposals to give presentations and workshops is March 1, 2001. Also, register now for the early-bird discount available before May 31, 2001.

PDF versions of Proposal and Registration forms can be found on our website <>, or email a request to receive paper or electronic copies. French PDF forms will be soon be available on the website. Updated information about travel, accommodation, and pre/post conference excursions is also available on the website.

Contact us at, or, C/O Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, Box 2799, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, Y1A 5K4. (Phone) 867 668-8778, (Fax) 867 668-8828


The 7th Annual UNESCO-ACEID International Conference on Education


Using ICT for Quality Teaching, Learning and Effective Management


10-13 December 2001      Bangkok, Thailand     The Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel

This Conference is being organized by UNESCO-ACEID in collaboration with the Office of the National Education Commission of Thailand, and others to be announced.

The purpose of this Conference is to inquire into, and demonstrate, the practical application of information technologies to promote quality improvement in teaching-learning processes, and effective management.

The three themes for each Plenary Session are:

Using ICT for Effective Management: Innovative Approaches and Practices

Using ICT for Teacher Education and Training

Using ICT for Quality of the Curriculum and the Classroom

The principal activities to achieve the Conference purpose are: Keynote Addresses, Plenary Panels, Q & A, Demonstration/Workshops, Special Interest Groups, Concurrent Paper/Discussion Sessions, and a Youth Forum.


Category A:  The regular fee contribution for the Conference is US$ 325.

Category B:  Early-bird fee contribution of US$ 300 for payments received by 31 August 2001.

Category C:  Youth 15-24 age range (U.N. range) register for a fee contribution of US$ 160.

Category D:  Thai nationals may register for the concessional fee contribution of 6,000 Baht.

Category E:  Five or more persons from the same institution or organization may apply for a group

                      fee contribution of US$ 250/each.


Payment by credit card will be available at registration at the Conference.


Full information on the Conference and registration will soon be available at:


For a personal invitation to attend this Conference, for more information or for registration contact:

Conference Organizer

7th Annual UNESCO-ACEID International Conference on Education


P.O. Box 967 Prakanong Post Office

Bangkok 10110, THAILAND


Tel: (662) 391-0577 Ext: 210/213    Fax:  (662) 391-0866   



The International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education (CATE2001) will be held in Banff, Canada, from 27 to 29 June, 2001. The Conference is organized by the International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED) and the Technical Committee on Education and is sponsored by The Hong Kong Institute of Education.


The purpose of the Conference is to provide a pertinent opportunity for scientists, educators, and practitioners throughout the world to present their latest research, results, and ideas in the area of education. The Conference will include keynote addresses, contributed papers, and tutorials on a wide range of topics in this are It is expected that the Conference will attract both academics implementing new technologies, as well as engineers and scientists working to develop new technologies.


The following topic areas will be covered at the Conference:

Distance Learning - Curriculum Design, Multi and Hyper-media, Internet-based Educational Systems, Universities without Boundaries, On-demand Education, Quality Control, Copyright and Electronic Publication

Advanced Technology in Education - Computer-assisted Learning and Instruction, Authoring Tools and Methodology, Information Technology, Virtual Reality, Mobile Communication and Computing, Satellite Communication, Telecomputing and Telecommunications, Hypermedia Conferencing and the WWW, Collaborative Knowledge Construction using Networks and the WWW

Educational Software and Hardware - Reliability, Cost Effectiveness, Security, Visual Programming, Expert Systems, Artificial Intelligence, CD-ROM Technologies and Strategies, Spreadsheets and Applications, Education Technology and Students with Special Needs

Human Resource Issues - Economics, Teacher Training, Teacher Evaluation, Accreditation, Scheduling

Policy - National Policies, Standardization, Assistance of National and International Organizations, Special Conditions in Developing Countries, Evaluation

Institutional Issues - Education of Children, Primary and Secondary Education, University Education, Vocational Training, Education for Business and Industry, Education for the Disabled, Multi-teacher Courses, Case Studies


For details, please refer to the relevant information of the Conference at Should you have any query, please feel free to contact the Conference Secretariat at


Upcoming conferences


April 2001

American Education Research Association, 10-14 April, Seattle, Washington USA (


May 2001

Honouring Indigenous Knowledge Conference, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 28 – 30 May 2001 (email:

Canadian Indigenous Native Studies Association Annual conference, 31 May  - 3 June 2001

The International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education (CATE2001) will be held in Banff, Canada, from 27 to 29 June, 2001. For details, please refer to the relevant information of the Conference at


July 2001

50th Conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association (CONASTA 50). 8-13 July 2001, Sydney, Australia. (

32nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA). 13-15 July 2001. Sydney, Australia. (

Telling Our Stories: seventh annual meeting of the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication, July 18-20, 2001, in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada (


December 2001

Australian Association for Research in Education, 2001 International Education Research Conference, Perth Western Australia 2 - 6 December 2001 Crossing Boundaries - New Frontiers for Educational Research (

Using ICT for Quality Teaching, Learning and Effective Management”: 7th Annual UNESCO-ACEID International Conference on Education. 10-13 December 2001, Bangkok, Thailand (


There have been two Forums on Indigenous Research held in Australia, in 1999 and 2000. The next of these is to be held at the University of Melbourne, organised by Marcia Langdon. The dates for this meeting have not been set yet.


A listing of conferences is also kept by the Indigenous Online Network, at From here you can also access proceedings from the first Forum on Indigenous Research (the Umulliko forum).

Last updated: 1 April 2001

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