Indigenous Science Network Bulletin

April 2003
(Volume 6, Number 2)

Editor: Michael Michie

Tiwi designs by Jennifer Coombs, Munupi Arts & Crafts Association, Pirlangimpi, Melville Island, NT






Over the past few months I have been working on a chapter on Indigenous science for an Australian year 9 text book, as well as the associated teacher resource book. It is now close to being finished and the book is due to be released later this year. I sent an email to people in the network and so a few of you have seen some of the work already and given me some feedback. It has all been very useful. Some of what I wrote has ended up in the teacher resource book and it gives teachers a number of options about what they can teach if they are using these materials. I'd like to say "Thank you" to all the people who responded to my invitation.

During the past week I have been in Adelaide and met up with a couple of people who are involved with preparing curriculum  materials. In both cases we got around to talking to Indigenous classification systems. I know of some materials which are valuable in this area and you should be aware that there may be a call for some assistance through the network sometime soon for more assistance.

This bulletin is a little late hitting cyberspace because of my visit to Adelaide and a slight technical glitch. Sorry about that.

Michael Michie

National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) - Annual Conference

I must admit that I had lost track of when the NARST conference was on, but it was on a week or so ago. A number of network members attended and there were sessions dealing with indigenous science were in the Hawaiian, Navajo, and Cree (Manitoba) context. I'm hoping to have a report for you in the next Bulletin.


Indigenous Online Network Updates (ION Updates)

ION Updates are prepared by the Aboriginal Research Institute at the University of South Australia and are forwarded to e-mail members of the Indigenous Science Network regularly (about every two weeks). The following are some highlights since the February Bulletin. 

Bread verses Freedom: Treaty and stabilising Indigenous Languages - Lester-Irabinna Rigney
Abstract: This is a link to the paper given by Lester-Irabinna Rigney (a Narungga man from the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia) at the National Treaty Conference, held in Canberra in late August, 2002. Many of the other papers from the conference can also be found at this link to papers from the Treaty Conference <>, part of the 'treatynow' web-site. (At time of posting this, early 2003, Director of Studies - Indigenous Studies, Senior Lecturer at Yunggorendi First Nations Centre for Higher Education and Research, Flinders University of South Australia.) URL:


Peter Taylor from Curtin University presented a paper to the Culture stream of the recent NARST conference:

Taylor, P.C. & Afonso, E. (2003,Mar). What is Mozambican chemistry? An autoethnographic inquiry. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Philadelphia, PA. The paper is downloadable from his web site:

SCIENCE & EDUCATION, Volume 12, No. 1  January 2003

Volume 12 Number 1 of the journal ‘Science & Education’ has been published and will shortly be mailed to subscribers.   The Contents are listed below. Beginning this year, there will be eight issues of the journal per year.

MICHAEL J. FORD / Representing and Meaning in History and in Classrooms: Developing Symbols and Conceptual Organisations of Motion
MERCÉ IZQUIERDO i AYMEERICH & AGUSTÍN ADÚRIZ-BRAVO / Epistemological Foundations of School Science
IGAL GALILI & MICHAEL TZEITLIN / Newton’s First Law: Text, Translations, Interpretations and Physics Education
EDUARD GLAS / Educational Reform and the Birth of a Mathematical Community in Revolutionary France, 1790-1815
RAVINDER KOUL / The Relevance of Public Image of Science in Science Education
JOHN T. LEACH & PHIL SCOTT / Individual and Sociocultural Views of Learning in Science


PAUL HAGER, RAY SLEET, PETER LOGAN & MAL HOOPER / Teaching Critical Thinking in Undergraduate Science Courses
MARIO BUNGE / Twenty-five Centuries of Quantum Physics: From Pythagoras to Us, and from Subjectivism to Realism
MASSIMO PAURI / Don’t Ask Pythagoras about the Quantum
JOHN FORGE / Sharpe and Blunt Values in Quantum Mechanics
JEAN-MARC LÉVY-LEBLOND / On the Nature of Quantons
ALBERTO CORDERO / Understanding Quantum Physics
ADRIAN HEATHCOTE / Quantum Heterodoxy: Realism at the Plank Length
MARCELLO CINI / How Real is the Quantum World?
ILEANA MARIA GRECA & OLIVAL FREIRE Jr. / Does an Emphasis on the Concept of Quantum States Enhance Students’ Understanding of Quantum Mechanics?
GESCHE POSPIECH / Philosophy and Quantum Mechanics in Science Teaching
OLIVAL FREIRE JR. / A Story Without An Ending  About the Changes in the History of the Controversy on Quantum Physics (1950-1970)
PETER DAVSON-GALLE / Philosophy of Science, Critical Thinking and Science Education
DOUGLAS ALLCHIN / Pseudoscience and Pseudohistory
ALLISON Y. TAKAO & GREGORY J. KELLY / Assessment of Evidence in University Students’ Scientific Writing
MIRIAM REINER & LIOR M. BURKO / On the Limitations of Thought Experiments in Physics and the Consequences for Physics Education
CHRISTOPHER NORRIS / Keeping One’s Head Up in No-Man’s-Land: Philosophy, Sociology, and the ‘Science Wars’
DAVID W. RUDGE / The Role of Photographs and Films in Kettlewell’s Popularisations of the Phenomenon of Industrial Melanism
JOSTEIN SAETHER / The Concept of Ideology in Analysis of Fundamental Questions in Science Education: A Review with Selected Examples from Norwegian Curricula and Textbooks
EDWARD SLOWIK / Myth, Music, and Science: Teaching the Philosophy of Science through the Use of Non-Scientific Examples
KEVIN C. de BERG / The Development of the Theory of Electrolytic Dissociation: A Case Study of a Scientific Controversy and the Changing Nature of Chemistry

Sustainability through Participation:  Roles and Functions for Development Project Managers.  
The author is Dr Mak Khan, a senior academic and Regional Manager within the School of Development Studies.  Please access this paper at:
The Papers, which are published monthly in electronic and print format, are prepared by academics and practitioners.  The Working Paper Series aims to promote critical analysis of practice and the linkage of practice with theory by academics and practitioners.  The School of Development Studies is uniquely placed to link 'real-world' practice and theory, having both academic expertise and over 25 years experience in managing development assistance projects.  Its research activities aim to produce a tangible impact on development assistance practice and outcomes.

The title of Working Paper 3 is 'Globalising the Chinese countryside: the case of "Rich Wang's village"'.  The authors are Michael Webber, Academic Head of the School of Development Studies of Melbourne University Private and Mark Wang from the School of Anthropology, Geography and Environmental Studies of the University of Melbourne.  Please access this paper at:

The Working Paper Series provides a communication vehicle for the research activities of academic staff and development practitioners associated with the School, as well as postgraduate students enrolled in the Master of International Development. Contributions are also welcome from academics and practitioners undertaking research elsewhere.  Papers will be published in English but are intended for an international readership.
Subscription to the Series is free.  Each month when a new working paper is posted to our website, we will send you an email reminder.  Paper copies may also be ordered, at a cost of AUD$30 including postage.
Please advise friends and colleagues of this series, and advise us if you do not wish to receive monthly reminders.
If you wish to contribute, order paper copies or unsubscribe, please contact us on

Sharing our Pathways

Sharing our Pathways is the newsletter of the Alaskan Native Knowledge Network. The latest two issues for 2003 are available at the ANKN website at Volume 8(1) has a lead article on retaining native languages, and Volume 8(2) has an article entitled "Alaskan native education: Past, present and future".


UAF Summer Program in Cross-Cultural Studies for Alaskan Educators

The Center for Cross-Cultural Studies, the Alaska Rural Systemic Initiative, the Alaska Staff Development Network and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Summer Sessions invite educators from throughout Alaska to participate in a series of two- and three-credit courses focusing on the implementation of the Alaska Standards for Culturally Responsive Schools. The courses may be taken individually or as a six-, nine- or twelve-credit sequence. The courses may be used to meet the state "multicultural education" requirement for licensure and/or they may be applied to graduate degree programs at UAF.

More information is available in Volume 8(2) of Sharing our pathways.

Covering Ground

Identity and Cultural Difference Research Group, University of Wollongong
Key note speakers: Shirley Foster, University of Sheffield; Lydia Wevers, University of Victoria, Wellington; Peter Monteath, Flinders University; Lesley Head, University of Wollongong.
Papers are invited on the following subjects (by 28/3/2003): Travel; Travel writing; Tourism; Cartography and mapping; Landscape; Exploration. Postgraduate papers are particularly welcome.
Date: 11/4/2003 to 12/4/2003
Location: University of Wollongong
Contact: Cath Ellis Faculty of Arts University of Wollongong
NSW 2515 Fax: 02 4221 4471

Working-Class Studies: Intersections With Race, Gender, And Sexuality

One of the central concerns of new working-class studies is the complex relationship between class, race, gender, sexuality, and other aspects of culture and identity. How do these concepts intersect, and how are they useful to our efforts to understand working-class culture and politics? How are individual and group identities shaped by these categories of diversity and culture? How do tensions and connections related to race, gender, and sexuality shape working-class organizing, activism, and daily life? How have the relationships between these categories changed over time, and how do they differ in various places? The conference will include formal and informal presentations and roundtables, performances, film showings, poetry readings, art exhibitions and community activities. The Sixth Biennial Conference of the Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State University. Co-sponsored by the Race, Gender, Class Project of Southern University of New Orleans.
Date: 14/5/2003 to 17/5/2003
Location: Youngstown, Ohio, USA

(Other) Feminisms: An International Women's and Gender Studies Conference

This is the national conference of the Australian Women's Studies Association. Check the conference web-site for updates on the programme. Topics to be covered include: 'Third world' feminisms ; Indigenous women ; Women and power; International issues for 'Western' feminism.
Date: 12/7/2003 to 16/7/2003
Location: Women's College, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia
Contact: Check the web-site for further information as it becomes available.

NZARE AARE Conference 2003 - Educational Research, Risks & Dilemmas

It seems fitting that the New Zealand and Australian education associations meet together for the first time this century to debate and define the many dilemmas, risks and controversies in Education. The conference aims to provide a forum for exacting criticism, increase awareness of the breadth and cultures of our research areas, to inspire new directions, and to encourage cooperation and interactions from researchers from both sides of the Tasman and elsewhere. Auckland is a wonderful venue, with its sweeping harbour, dynamic downtown, a centre of many cultural and entertainment attractions, and is very much the multicultural capital of the Southern Hemisphere - with a particular strength in Maori and Pacific cultures. The two contiguous venues, Hyatt Regency and University of Auckland, provide a core centre for the conference, and they are
located close to many other central city sites.
Date: 29/11/2003 to 3/12/2003
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel & University of Auckland, New Zealand
Contact: 1) Eddy van Til, Conference Organiser, limited PO Box 647, Rangiora 8254, NZ Ph +64 3 313 2097 ; Aust Free Ph 1800 888 535 ; Fax +64 3 313 2098 ; email -
2) Professor John Hattie, Conference Convenor University of Auckland, Private Bag 92 019, Auckland, NZ Ph +64 9 373 7599 x 82496 ; Fax +64 9 373 7455 ; email
3) Associate Professor Judith Gill, President AARE & rep on Conference Committee, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia Ph +61 8 8302 6325 ; Fax +61 8 8302 6239 ; email -


This is mostly a summary of upcoming conferences. More details may have been given above, in previous bulletins or circulated by e-mail. A web-based contact is usually included.

April 2003

4-6 April: Biodiversity, Biotechnology, and the Protection of Traditional Knowledge, Washington University in St Louis School of Law,

7-10 April: ICASE 2003: World conference on science and technology education. "Increasing the relevance of science and technology education for all in the 21st century". Penang, Malaysia. (

11-12 April: Covering Ground, Identity and Cultural Difference Research Group, University of Wollongong.

22-24 April: THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF THE BOOK, Cairns, Australia. Visit the web-site for more information:

May 2003

14-17 May: Working-Class Studies: Intersections With Race, Gender, And Sexuality, Youngstown, Ohio, USA.

June 2003

23-28 June: ED-MEDIA 2003: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. Please note Topic 7: Indigenous Peoples & Technology - this topic provides information on the issues and applications related to Indigenous peoples and technology.   Location: Honolulu, Hawaii (

July 2003

2-5 July: International Conference on Inclusive Education 2003, Hong Kong, organized by The Centre for Special Needs and Studies in Inclusive Education (CSNSIE) of The Hong Kong Institute of Education.

6-11 July: CONASTA 52 - Australian Science Teacher's Association (ASTA) National Conference, "Sustainability - past, present, future". Sunshine Coast, Queensland (

9 - 12 July: SEAA - Social Educators Association of Australia - Conference: 'Social Education for a Changing World', Rydges Hotel, Exhibition Street, Melbourne,

11-14 July: Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA), 34th Annual Conference, Melbourne, Victoria (

12-16 July: (Other) Feminisms: An International Women's and Gender Studies Conference, Australian Women's Studies Association. Women's College, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia


30 July - 3 August: 7th  International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba.  The conference chair is Professor Art Stinner (, and the conference secretary and programme chair is Dr Stephen Klassen ( Further details are available from the secretary and from the IHPST web site (

November 2003

29 November - 3 December: NZARE AARE Conference 2003 - Educational Research, Risks & Dilemmas, Hyatt Regency Hotel & University of Auckland, New Zealand,

July 2004

July 2004: CONASTA 53 - Australian Science Teacher's Association (ASTA) National Conference, Canberra ACT

July 2004: Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA), 35th Annual Conference, University of New England, Armidale NSW

Sometime 2005 - World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education, Aotearoa New Zealand

A list of conferences is also maintained by the University of South Australia's Indigenous Online Network, at
ION Updates are released fortnightly and are forwarded to members of this Network. If you wish to receive these Updates directly or you know of other people who would like to receive them, please ask them to send a message to asking that they be included on the distribution lists. 
Anyone with information or resources they would like added to the site can email from the website or to the general ION email address.

Last updated: 3 April 2003

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