Indigenous Science Network Bulletin

August 2001 (Volume 4, Number 4)

Editor: Michael Michie


RESOURCES

The Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific

Liz McKinley (University of Waikato) brought this Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association to my attention.

Purpose: Research on Indigenous education, including Indigenous ways of knowing and Indigenous practices related to the peoples of the Pacific and Pacific Rim.

For a direct link to the SIG website, click on http://www2.hawaii.edu/~rochelle/indigenouspeoples/. For more details about the American Educational Research Association aand their annual conference, click on link: http://aera.net/

The following is a list of presentations made at the 2001 AERA conference in Seattle in May.

Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific: Business Meeting and Invited Address

· SIG Chair: Huia T. Jahnke, Massey University, New Zealand

· Treasurer: Yvonne K. Lefcourt, University of Hawai`i, Manoa

· Program Chair: Margaret J. Maaka, University of Hawai`i, Manoa

Invited Address: From Once Were Warriors to Carrying Pianos: Cultural and Political Contextualization for Maori Representation in Film (Leonie Pihama, University of Auckland, New Zealand)

Invited Address: Breaking Out, Speaking Out: Making Changes, Creating Waves in Maori Education

· Chair: Margaret J. Maaka, University of Hawai`i, Manoa

· Breaking Out, Speaking Out: Making Changes: Creating Waves in Maori Education (Linda T. Smith, University of Auckland, New Zealand)

· Ka Puta Ki te Aomarama: A new Age of Enlightenment - Maori Education as Maori Educators See It (Arohia Durie, Wendy Tukapua, Massey University, New Zealand)

· Finding Links, Making Connections, Creating Change: A Journey to an Indigenous House of Higher Learning (Cheryl Stephens, Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, New Zealand)

· Disscussant: Graham H. Smith, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Roundtable: Indigenous Education: Research and Practice

· Technology for the Diverse Classroom: Preparing Future Teachers to Integrate Technology in the Curriculum (Rochelle P. Hussey Kaaloa, Yvonne K. Lefcourt, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

· A Study of Ami Indigenous Cultural Teaching Processes and Related Problems in the Case of Pangcah Elementary School (Liu Wei-Yu, Hualien, Taiwan)

· Ethnic Identity of Native Taiwanese Women in the United States (Mei-Ying Chen, University of Washington)

· Measuring the Effectiveness of an Interagency Model for Service Delivery to Children with Disabilities and Their Families: A Pacific Island Case Studies and Multinational Systems Change Evaluation Effort (Kathleen Sadao, University of the Pacific; Nancy Robinson, California State University, Chico)

For those who were unable to make the meeting this year, please come and join us next year in New Orleans.

R. Piilani, H. Kaaloa

SIG Co-Chair

(AERA also has other Specialist Interest Groups relating to other cultural groups.)

 

JCU to host indigenous treaty conference

James Cook University's (JCU) School of Indigenous Studies is planning a two day conference later this year to address the issue of a treaty between the Australian Government and indigenous Australians.

The conference would be the culmination of the school's treaty education program, set up in response to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission's calls for a public education campaign about a treaty.

Chair of indigenous studies at JCU Jeannie Herbert says the program involves a series of public meetings to explain what a treaty is and encourage informed debate.

"We've also been asked to go and do a public meeting in Cairns and probably another one in Mount Isa and Rockhampton is also interested," Professor Herbert said.

"We've put a person in place who has a knowledge of the area and we're quite happy for that person to be involved both within and outside the university in an educational awareness program."

From Radar: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Online News http://www.abc.net.au/message/radar/ab-10jul2001-2.htm (This link has been broken.)

 

CONASTA and ASERA conferences in Sydney, July 2001

Both of these conferences were held recently in Sydney and there were a number of members of the Network attending. There was little at either conference on indigenous science but as usual they were valuable for catching up with colleagues, particularly other members of the Network.

Michael Michie presented a paper at ASERA entitled Why I think indigenous science should be included in the school science curriculum, which you can read at my website. (Ed.)

 

Bioscience Education

June George's paper, Culture and science education: A look from the developing world, has been published at the Bioscience Education website at http://actionbioscience.org/education/george.html. The website also cross-references several other sites which people may wish to explore.

Dedicated to promoting literacy in the biosciences, Bioscience Education features articles by prominent scientists and educators from around the world, e.g., Niles Eldredge, Daniel Simberloff, Donald Johanson, Michael Benton, Thomas Odhiambo. The articles are related to seven biological challenges: environment, biodiversity, human genome, biotechnology, evolution, new frontiers and biology education. Their homepage is: http://www.actionbioscience.org

 

The Australian Journal of Environmental Education has just been published and includes two papers which may be of interest to readers.

Beringer, Almut. (2000). On ecospirituality: True, indigenous, western. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 15/16, 17-22.

(This article is critical of the infusion of pseudo-spirititualities in the form of non-legitimised indigenous wisdom and activities in environmental education. Drawing on a definition of true ecospirituality, the doctrine of the world soul, a teaching from western traditions, is presented as a viable alternative in the search for re-enchantment. Implications for environmental educators are addressed. Source: Abstract)

O'Reily, Pat. (2000). Gesturing towards an intercultural conversation in environmental education. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 15/16, 133-134. (No abstract)

 

I read a report that Peter Buckskin, Assistant Secretary for Indigenous Education with DETYA, spoke at a recent conference and said that there needs to be more resources for Indigenous education. Check http://www.abc.net.au/message/radar/ab-25jun2001-5.htm (This link has been broken.)

 

The Canadian Journal of Environmental Education is calling for papers for their volume 7 (spring 2002) issue. The theme for the issue is "Culturing environmental education", appreciating the importance of diverse cultural standpoints, voices and perceptions.

Guidelines for contributors may be found by following prompts from www.yukoncollege.yk.ca/programs/cjee.htm or by email at cjee@yukoncollege.yk.ca.

 

Science and Education

Volume Ten Number 4 of the journal Science & Education has been published and will shortly be mailed to subscribers.

Volume 10, No. 4, July 2001

  • ARTHUR O. STINNER / Linking 'The Book of Nature' and 'The Book of Science': Using Circular Motion as an Exemplar Beyond the Textbook
  • IGAL GALILI & AMNON HAZAN / Experts Views on Using History and Philosophy of Science in the Practice of Physics Instruction
  • JOSÉ CLAUDIO REIS, ANDREIA GUERRA, MARCO BRAGA & JAIRO FREITAS / History, Science and Culture: Curricular Experiences in Brazil
  • ANNA BINNIE / Using the History of Electricity and Magnetism to Enhance Teaching
  • MICHAEL N. FRIED / Can Mathematics Education and History of Mathematics Coexist? GUILLERMINA WALDEGG / Ontological Convictions and Epistemological Obstacles in Bolzano's Elementary Geometry

 


CONFERENCES

The First International Forum on Education Reform: Experiences in Selected Countries

We are pleased to inform you that a conference, The First International Forum on Education Reform: Experiences in Selected Countries, organised by The Office of the National Education Commission (ONEC) Thailand and sponsored by The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) to be held between 30 July and 2 August 2001.

The objectives of this conference are (a) to review major trends and processes of education reform; (b) to make comparative analysis of the educational reform based on experiences of selected countries; (c) to both successful and unsuccessful strategies of education reform; and (d) to create an international network of institutions, policy makers, and researchers engaged in education reform such as those from the World Bank, HKIEd, NIER, KEDI, and ONEC.

You are welcome to participate in the conference. For enquiries, please contact the Conference Secretariat at (662) 668-7123 Ext. 2430, 2432 or by email at sydmap4@onec.go.th

Thank you for your kind attention.

Regards

Centre for Research and International Collaboration

The Hong Kong Institute of Education

(An attachment with details was forwarded to members of the Network early in June. If you want more information then e-mail me for the attachment. Ed.)

 

Postcolonialism and Education: disrupting preconceptions.

17-19 August 2001. University of Queensland. You can access it at http://www.uq.edu.au/education/news/postcol-conference-aug-2001/index.htm

Keynote speakers include

  • Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith - Director of the International Research Institute for Maori and Indigenous Education, University of Auckland.
  • Professor Helen Tiffin - School of English, Media Studies and Art History, The University of Queensland.

 

International Conference on Physics Education in Cultural Contexts

"Beyond classrooms into the 21st century: Teaching and learning of physics in cultural contexts"

13-17 August 2001, Department of Physics Education, Korea National University of Education, Cheongwon, Chungbuk, Korea http://icpec.or.kr

 

Pacific Circle Consortium

25th Annual Conference, 26-28 September 2001, Christchurch, New Zealand.

"Interconnections: Exploring values, identity, citizenship and other educational issues in the Asia/Pacific region"

Contact Lindsey Conner, Christchurch College of Education

 

Australian Curriculum Studies Association

Biennial National Conference, 29 September - 1 October 2001, Canberra ACT

"Education Futures and New Citizenships" http://www.acsa.edu.au/2001conf

(Peter Buckskin will be giving the Garth Boomer Address)

 

INDIGENOUS RESEARCHERS' FORUM 2001

The Indigenous Researchers' Forum will be held this year at The University of Melbourne from 26 to 28 September. It will be hosted by my office and the Centre for Indigenous Education at the University of Melbourne. You are cordially invited to attend.

The Inaugural Forum was held in 1999 and hosted by the Umulliko Centre at the University of Newcastle, and in 2000, the Aboriginal Research Institute at the University of South Australia hosted the second forum. The success of the Indigenous Researchers' Forum has been established as a venue for critical discussion on issues such as methodological problems, ethics, intellectual property and copyright, university policies, professional development, research grants and funding for Indigenous studies.

The 2001 Forum at the University of Melbourne will be held over three days and will follow the previous years' format of keynote addresses, workshop sessions and development of action plans each day. The themes for this year have been arranged as follows. The first day will be devoted to keynote and other addresses on recent research by Indigenous researchers in the fields of education, fine art and cinema studies, health studies, history, law, linguistics and the social sciences. The second day will be a forum for new Indigenous researchers and postgraduate students to present their work in development, and the third day will be devoted to a session on the proposal for an Australian Association of Indigenous Researchers.

The aims of the 2001 Forum include opportunities for:

  • Indigenous researchers to present papers on new research and critical writing across a range of disciplines;
  • Indigenous researchers and postgraduate students to present papers on works in progress;
  • Discussion of the proposal for an Australian Association of Indigenous Researchers.

The draft program presents a framework to enable as many Indigenous researchers as possible, both experienced and new researchers, to have an opportunity to present their new work, whether in progress or published. I envisage that in each session we might be able to fit in 5 presentations of about 20 mins each. The Talking Circles and Report Back sessions would offer the chance of question and discussion periods for the paper presentations.

Martin Nakata and myself will write to the Australian Vice Chancellors' Association encouraging Universities to make funds available to Indigenous researchers and research staff to attend this important conference. Airfare discounts will also be requested from an airline.

If you wish to attend, please notify my office at the address below, or download this registration form, specifying accommodation and travel requirements, including dates, as soon as possible, so that bookings can be made. As this period is the height of the football season in Melbourne, it will be difficult to make bookings after this month. Please also notify us as to whether you will be attending the conference dinner so that bookings can be made.

If you are willing to convene or facilitate a session or to present a paper on your latest research, I would be most grateful.

Marcia Langton

 

INDIGENOUS RESEARCHERS' FORUM

ATTENTION: Ms Fiona Finlayson

Indigenous Studies Program

School of Anthropology, Geography and Environmental Science

The University of Melbourne Victoria, 3010

Tel 61-3-8344 3936; Fax: 8344 3835

Email: Fiona Finlayson at fmf@unimelb.edu.au

Or, Professor Marcia Langton at marciall@unimelb.edu.au

http://www.indigenous.unimelb.edu.au/

 

International Forum of Democratic Citizenship Education 2001

Dear Educators and Scholars,

We are pleased to inform you that a conference, International Forum of Democratic Citizenship Education 2001, organised by Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI) will be held between 16 October and 17 October 2001. The Hong Kong Institute of Education is one of co-sponsors of this very important international event.

The central theme of the Forum is "Redefining the Democratic Citizenship Education in the Globalised Society". Participants are welcome to refer to the following sub-themes in their discussion of the matter.

· Future characteristics of the globalised society

· Extension of cyber space and participatory democracy

· Digital divide and inequalities among citizens and nations

· Redefining human rights

· New missions and functions of NGOs

· Searching for good citizenship: Personal, social, national, and international dimensions

· Curricular dimension of the democratic citizenship education

· Future directions and prospects of the democratic citizenship education

· Educational policies and strategies to meet the challenges of the future

 

You are welcome to join in paper presentations and discussion in the Forum. To join the Forum, please download the Paper Proposal Form and Registration Form at http://www.kedi.re.kr/Exec/Eng/forum2001.htm and send it back to the Conference Secretariat at:

Forum Secretariat

International Cooperation Team,

Korean Educational Development Institute

92-6, Umyeon-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-791, KOREA.

For enquiries, please contact the Conference Secretariat at (822) 3460 0219 or by email at oirc@ns.kedi.re.kr. Thank you for your kind attention.

Regards

Centre for Research and International Collaboration

The Hong Kong Institute of Education

(This message was circulated on 15 July with a brochure attachment. Ed.)

 

Contemporary Approaches to Research in Mathematics, Science, Health and Environmental Education

26-27 November 2001, Centre for Studies in Mathematics, Science and Environmental Education, Deakin University, Melbourne Campus, Burwood Vic http://www2.deakin.edu.au/msee

 

International Organisation for Science and Technology Education (IOSTE)

IOSTE 10th Biennial Symposium "Rethinking science and technology education to meet the demands for future generations in a changing world", 27 July - 2 August 2002, Foz do Iguaca, Brazil

If you would like more details on the 10th IOSTE Symposium in Brazil contact Deb Corrigan, Faculty of Education, Monash University, Clayton Vic 3800 or local national delegates.

 

Upcoming conferences

August 2001

13-17 August 2001 "Beyond classrooms into the 21st century: Teaching and learning of physics in cultural contexts". Department of Physics Education, Korea National University of Education, Cheongwon, Chungbuk, Korea http://icpec.or.kr

17-19 August 2001 Postcolonialism and Education: disrupting preconceptions. University of Queensland http://www.uq.edu.au/education/news/postcol-conference-aug-2001/index.htm

September 2001

23-26 September 2001 Australian Science Communicators, "2001: A science odyssey", Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. www.asc.asn.au/conf/

26-28 September 2001 Pacific Circle Consortium 25th Annual Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand. "Interconnections: Exploring values, identity, citizenship and other educational issues in the Asia/Pacific region" Contact Lindsey Conner, Christchurch College of Education

26-28 September Indigenous Researchers' Forum, The University of Melbourne. http://www.indigenous.unimelb.edu.au/

29 September - 1 October 2001 Australian Curriculum Studies Association Biennial National Conference, Canberra ACT "Education Futures and New Citizenships" http://www.acsa.edu.au/2001conf

October 2001

16-17 October 2001International Forum of Democratic Citizenship Education 2001, Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI). http://www.kedi.re.kr/Exec/Eng/forum2001.htm

November 2001

7-11 Nov 2001 The 6th International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Conference will be held in Denver (http://www.ihpst.org)

December 2001

Australian Association for Research in Education, 2001 International Education Research 2 - 6 December 2001 Conference, Perth Western Australia Crossing Boundaries - New Frontiers for Educational Research (http://www.aare.edu.au)

10-13 December 2001 "Using ICT for Quality Teaching, Learning and Effective Management": 7th Annual UNESCO-ACEID International Conference on Education. Bangkok, Thailand (http://www.unescobkk.org)

April 2002

1-5 April 2002 American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, USA (http://www.aera.net)

7-10 April 2002 National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST 2002), New Orleans, USA (http://www.narst.org)

July 2002

51th Conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association (CONASTA 51), Hobart Tas.

33nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA). Melbourne, Vic.

27 July - 2 August 2002 IOSTE 10th Biennial Symposium, "Rethinking science and technology education to meet the demands for future generations in a changing world", Foz do Iguaca, Brazil.

 

A listing of conferences is also kept by the Indigenous Online Network, at http://www.ion.unisa.edu.au/conf/conferences.html. From here you can also access proceedings from the first Forum on Indigenous Research (the Umulliko forum).


Last updated: 1 August 2001

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