Indigenous 
Science 
Network 
Bulletin

April 2007
(Volume 10, Number 2)
ISSN  1449-2091

Editor:
Michael Michie

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

Indigenous Science Links


NEWS and VIEWS

RESOURCES

CONFERENCES

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

NEWS and VIEWS

100 successes

In an article from the Australian Educator, Cameron Pegg reports on a Queensland (Australia) program  which is helping Indigenous teachers stay where they are needed-in their home communities. To read the article, click on http://www.aeufederal.org.au/Publications/AE/Spr06pp12-13.pdf.


RESOURCES

International Journal of Education and Development using ICT

Vol. 3, No. 1 (2007) of International Journal of Education and Development using ICT has now been published online at http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/viewissue.php?id=11

Investing in ICTs in educational institutions in developing countries: An evaluation of their impact in Kenya
Padraig Wims, University College Dublin, Ireland & Mark Lawler, University College Dublin, Ireland
http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/viewarticle.php?id=241

Computer-based testing on physical chemistry topic: A case study
Sorana Daniela BolboacÄ?, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania & Lorentz JĂ?ntschi, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/viewarticle.php?id=242

Editorial: Using ICT to transform education
http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/viewarticle.php?id=328

Integrating technology into the teaching-learning transaction: Pedagogical and technological perceptions of management faculty
Payal Mehra, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, India & Monika Mital, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow, India
http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/viewarticle.php?id=265

Exploring the use of computer technology in a Caribbean context: Views of preservice teachers
Pier Angeli Junor Clarke, Georgia State University, USA
http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/viewarticle.php?id=298

Revitalizing architectural design studio teaching using ICT: Reflections on practical implementations
Rabee M. Reffat, KFUPM, Saudi Arabia
http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/viewarticle.php?id=276

 Mobile learning for an online coastal zone management module
Roshan T Ramessur, Associate Professor & Mohammad I Santally, Lecturer
http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/viewarticle.php?id=290

The use of digital materials for instruction in sport topics at the University of West Hungary
Gyorgy Katona, University of West Hungary
http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/viewarticle.php?id=275

Studentsâ.? perceptions of prehospital web-based examinations
Brett Williams, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/viewarticle.php?id=292

Policy networks and the transformation of secondary eucation through ICTs in Africa: The prospects and challenges of the NEPAD e-Schools initiative
Chijioke Josiah Evoh, New School University, USA
http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/viewarticle.php?id=272

Awareness, access and usage of information and communication technologies between female researchers and extensionists
E.l. Adebayo, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria & Olufemi Martins Adesope, Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Port Harcourt,
http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/viewarticle.php?id=282
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International Journal of Education and Development using ICT can be found at: http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/

Australian Indigenous Knowledge and Libraries

The E-book on Australian Indigenous Knowledge and Libraries, edited by Prof Martin Nakata and Professor Marcia Langton, will be launched next week.

This is an E-book that has been negotiated with authors as 'open source material' so that it won't cost you or your students anything to download it. The negotiations with the authors for free access were made on the basis that an open source text cud reach more Indigenous people across the globe:

http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/dspace/handle/2100/55

Disciplining the Savages: Savaging the Disciplines
Nakata, Martin. (2007). Canberra:  Aboriginal Studies Press
http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/aboriginal_studies_press/find_a_book/recent_releases/disciplining_the_savages

Disciplining the Savages: Savaging the Disciplines provides an alternative reading for those struggling at the contradictory and ambiguous intersections of academia and Indigenous experience. In doing so, it moves beyond the usual criticisms of the disciplines which construct the way we have come to know and understand Indigenous peoples.

Nakata, a Torres Strait Islander academic, casts a critical gaze on the research conducted by the Cambridge Expedition in the late 1890s. Meticulously analysing the linguistic, physiological, psychological and anthropological testing conducted, he offers an astute critique of the researchers’ methodologies and interpretations. He uses these insights to reveal the similar workings of recent knowledge production in Torres Strait education.

In systematically deconstructing these knowledges, Nakata draws eloquently on both the Torres Strait Islander struggle and his own personal struggle to break free from imposed definitions, and reminds us that such intellectual journeys are highly personal and political.

Nakata argues for the recognition of the complexity of the space Indigenous people now live in – the cultural interface – and proposes an alternative theoretical standpoint to account for Indigenous experience of this space.

Professor Martin Nakata is the Director of Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning and Chair of Australian Indigenous Education at the University of Technology, Sydney. (Description and graphic from Aboriginal Studies Press website, with permission.)

Papers by Peter Charles Taylor

Peter Taylor (SMEC, Curtin University, Australia) has sent details of two papers presented at the SAARMSTE Conference in Mozambique last January, advocating and illustrating a culture-sensitive approach to science education research.

  • Willem Pendukeni Nashidengo & Elisabeth Settelmaier. (2007). Bridging the gap between learners’ needs and the demands on science teachers in post-independence Namibia - A ‘co-authored’ autoethnographic inquiry

  • Peter Charles Taylor. (2007). Critical Auto/ethnographic Research as/for Transformative Professional Development

Copies of the papers are available from Peter. You can visit Peter's website at http://pctaylor.smec.curtin.edu.au/.

International History & Philosophy of Science Teaching Group newsletter

The March issue of the IHPST newsletter is now available on the web at: http://www.ihpst.org/newsletters.html. The Contents are:
 
1.         2007 IHPST Conference (note April 15 deadline for paper submissions)
2.         Science & Education Report
            (a) Volume 16, Number 1
            (b) Volume 16, Number 2
            (c) Volume 16, Numbers 3-5 (Leeds Conference Issue)
            (d) Journal on the Web
            (e) Manuscript Submission
            (f) Thematic Issues
            (g) ‘Science, Worldviews and Education’, special issue
            (h) ‘Politics and Education’, special issue
3.         NARST Conference: History, Philosophy & Sociology Strand
4.         Current Research
5.         Book Notes Comment by Abner Shimony on review of  Eger, M.: 2006, Science, Understanding and Justice: The Philosophical Essays of Martin Eger. Tieszen, Richard. 2005: Phenomenology, Logic, and the Philosophy of Mathematics. Lange, M. (ed.): 2007, Philosophy of Science: An Anthology
6.         Publications for Sale
7.         Coming Conferences
8.         Future Newsletter Items
9.         IHPST Email List

Ngadjuri Skies

Paul Curnow recently wrote an article aimed at an astronomical audience on the astronomy of the Ngadjuri People of South Australia. If you would like a copy by e-mail, please contact Paul or me.


CONFERENCES

Second International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (2nd notice)
University of Granada, Spain, 10-13 July 2007
http://www.SocialSciencesConference.com.

Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for review and possible publication in the journal, and provide access to the online edition of the journal.

To submit your proposal, please visit the Submit Proposal link on the conference website http://www.SocialSciencesConference.com

We look forward to receiving your proposals (by 12 April) and hope you will be able to join us in Granada in July 2007.

Indigenous Studies & Indigenous Knowledge Conference 2007

The 2007 Indigenous Studies & Indigenous Knowledge Conference will be held in Sydney, 11-13 July 2007, and hosted by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning and the Indigenous Program Units at University of Technology, Sydney with our partners and supporters. For more information visit the conference website at http://www.isik.org.au/.

The 2007 Conference follows on from the (Re)contesting Indigenous Knowledge & Indigenous Studies Conference hosted by the Oodgeroo Unit, Queensland University of Technology, on Queensland's Gold Coast in 2006.

A key purpose of the 2006 Conference was to draw colleagues from across the field of education and research to discuss and share developments in areas of Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous Studies. The 2007 Conference objective is to build on our discussions from the Gold Coast Conference, and to include a focus on Indigenous Student Support Services. Our keynote speakers will help set the context for engagements with the various themes.

Papers are now being called for and colleagues are asked to register on line a title, nominate theme being focused on, and a short bio and abstract (100 words) when filling out the registration form. The deadline has been extended to 27 April 2007.

Seventh International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations (2nd notice)
Singapore Management University, 24 - 27 July 2007.
http://managementconference.com/.

12 April 2007 is the deadline for the next round in the call for papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for review and possible publication in the journal, and provide access to the online edition of the journal.

To submit your proposal, please visit the Submit Proposal link on the conference website http://managementconference.com/.

World Congress of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES)

The World Congress of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) will be holding their conference, Living Together, Education and Intercultural Dialogue in Sarajevo from 3-7 September 2007.  The deadline for abstracts is 31 March 2007 and, should you wish to have your paper produced on CD, the deadline is 1 June 2007. For more information, visit www.wcces2007.ba

Second International Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (CoSMEd)  2007

13 - 16 November 2007, Penang, Malaysia. Hosted by SEAMEO Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics, Penang, in collaboration with The Ministry of Education, Malaysia, The Academy of Science, Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Penang State Education Department (http://www.recsam.edu.my/cosmed/)

Theme: Redefining Learning Culture for Sustainability

Sub-themes:

  1. Redefining Policy and Curriculum

  2. Redefining Classroom Culture

  3. Redefining Teacher Education


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

This is mostly a summary of upcoming conferences. More details may have been given above or in previous bulletins as shown. A web-based contact is usually included. Inclusion of conferences in this list is not to be read as an endorsement of the conference.

2007

April 2007

14-17 April: National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) annual meeting, New Orleans, (http://narst.org)

26-28 April: Narrowing the gap: Addressing educational disadvantage, University of New England, Armidale  Website http://simerr.une.edu.au/narrowingthegap/ (Dec06)

May 2007

2-5 May: DreamCatching 2007: Workshops in Math and Science for Teachers of Aboriginal Students. University of Regina & First Nations University of Canada, Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada) More information: http://www.dream-catching.com (Feb07)

28-30 May: Redesigning Pedagogy: Culture, Knowledge and Understanding. National Institute of Education, Singapore. Website:  http://conference.nie.edu.sg/2007 (Dec06)

June 2007

26-29 June: Fourteenth International Conference on Learning, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, http://www.LearningConference.com (Dec06)

July 2007

2-6 July: World Environmental Education Congress 2007, International Conference Centre, Durban, South Africa www.weec2007.com (August06)

3-6 July: Seventh International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, http://www.Diversity-Conference.com (Feb07)

8-12 July: World Conference on Science and Technology Education (ICASE/CONASTA56), Perth WA. http://www.WorldSTE2007.asn.au (August05)

10-13 July: Second International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, University of Granada, Spain, http://www.SocialSciencesConference.com (October06)

11-13 July: 2007 Indigenous Studies & Indigenous Knowledge Conference, hosted by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning and the Indigenous Program Units at University of Technology, Sydney. For more information visit the conference website at http://www.isik.org.au/. (April07)

11-14 July: 38th Annual Conference, Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA), Fremantle WA, http://www.education.ecu.edu.au/conferences/ASERA/  (Dec06)

17-20 July: 5th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, American University of Paris, France, http://www.HumanitiesConference.com (Dec06)

24-27 July: Seventh International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations, Singapore Management University, Singapore,  http://www.ManagementConference.com (Feb07)

September 2007

3-7 September: World Congress of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), Living Together, Education and Intercultural Dialogue in Sarajevo. For more information, visit www.wcces2007.ba. (April07)

November 2007

13-16 November: Second International Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (CoSMEd)  2007, Penang, Malaysia.  (http://www.recsam.edu.my/cosmed/) (April07)

15-19 November:  IIId International Conference of The Social Capital Foundation, in Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii. http://www.socialcapital-foundation.org/conferences/synopsis.htm. (Oct06)

2008

March 2008

29 March - 3 April: National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) annual meeting, Baltimore, (http://narst.org)

July 2008

6-11 July: CONASTA57, Darwin NT

ASERA, Brisbane Qld

Date not set

World Indigenous People's Conference on Education (WIPCE 2008), Victoria, Australia


Last updated: 2 April 2007