Indigenous 
Science 
Network 
Bulletin

February 2007
(Volume 10, Number 1)
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 VIEW

Welcome back and best wishes for 2007!

Project for 2007

Over the years a number of resources have been identified in the bulletin and some of them have been listed under the heading "Useful links" on the ISN home page (see netlinks.htm). During 2007 I would like to revise and extend these links and I am calling on members of the network to help by recommending links to be included.

If you have any favourite links you'd like to see included, please e-mail the URLs to me at mmichie@ozemail.com.au.  A new link to the site called Indigenous Science Links will also be included in the header above.

Michael Michie

Voyaging canoe will visit Micronesia and Japan

Pauline Chinn from the University of Hawaii sent the following news item.

Kaiser High School in Honolulu, Hawaii has a Polynesian Voyaging Program that has gained strong community support.  Teachers and students are constructing a double hulled canoe and care for Maunalua Bay where they learn sailing and Polynesian navigation, often aboard the Hokulea, the canoe that restored long distance voyaging among Pacific island nations.  Students remove invasive seaweeds, restore native seaweeds, and monitor fish populations and water quality.  To participate in the program, each becomes certified as a life guard. 

This year, Hokulea and Maisu, a canoe built to honor Master Navigator Mau Pialug who helped Hawaiians return to non-instrument voyaging, celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first voyage to Tahiti and the many links between Japan and Hawaii.  After delivering Maisu to Master Navigator Mau Pialug in Chuuk, the Hokulea continues to Japan, stopping at Okinawa, Kyushu, Shikoku, and Honshu. 

The URL takes you to a site describing the visit of Hokulea to several sites in Japan.  Explore the site for much more on Polynesian Voyaging, Hawaiian culture, and the voyage to Micronesia.

http://pvs.kcc.hawaii.edu/2007voyage/2007japan.html


RESOURCES

Recent papers

 

Waldrip, Bruce G., Timothy, Joe T., & Wilikai, Wilson. (2007). Pedagogical principles in negotiating cultural conflict: A Melanesian example. International Journal of Science Education, 29(1), 101-122.
ABSTRACT: This paper draws on the personal experiences of three researchers: an “outsider” (or western oriented) science teacher, a science teacher educator who has lived in Melanesian countries for almost a decade, and a national researcher who was born and educated in Melanesia. During a recent interpretative research study of the problematic relationship between the traditional world-views of Melanesian villagers and the official school science views of young Melanesian people, Bruce became increasingly aware of the importance of conducting culture-sensitive interpretative research. Bruce and Joe describe three people with different experiences and approaches to education. Mindful of the important role of the outside teacher researchers in providing essential information for the local contextualisation of school science curricula, we propose a number of culture-sensitive practices when working in Melanesian cross-cultural contexts.

 

Recent books

 

Bishop, Russell, & Berryman, Mere. (2006). Culture speaks: Cultural relationships and classroom learning. Wellington, NZ: Huia Publishers.

Professor Russell Bishop and Mere Berryman interviewed a large number of Maori high school students, their families, teachers and school principals. These interviews have produced a disturbing snapshot of the current New Zealand education system. The message is simple and powerful. Classroom relationships are paramount. Disabling professional and personal relationships between teachers and Maori students have a direct negative effect on students' learning. (Back cover)

 

Lee, Okhee, & Luykx, Aurolyn. (2006). Science education and student diversity: Synthesis and research agenda. New York: Cambridge University Press.

 

 

IHPT Newsletter

 

The December 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
2.         Science & Education Report
            (a) Volume 16, Number 1, 2007
            (b) The journal on the Web
            (c) Increased Numbers for 2007
            (d) Thematic Issues
            (e)  Journal Reviewers
3.         Current Research
4.         Book Notes
5.         Publications for Sale
6.         Coming Conferences
7.         Future Newsletter Items
8.         IHPST Email List

 

Crossing the line (Australia)

What happens when two young, white medical students go to work in a remote Aboriginal community? On Mornington Island, Amy and Paul find their attempts to make a difference lead to moments of frustration and elation and much soul-searching. Before long, they discover an ongoing tension between their personal experiences and interactions and the professional distance they are told to maintain. Crossing the Line reveals the practical realities of providing western medical services to Indigenous communities.

 

This program was made by Film Australia and televised on ABC TV recently in Australia. For more information and to watch a video clip, visit http://www.abc.net.au/abccontentsales/s1580202.htm

Indigenous Knowledge and Resource Management in Northern Australia project

Dr Michael Christie from Charles Darwin University has informed us that the Indigenous Knowledge and Resource Management in Northern Australia project has come to a close and that all details including publications can be found at the website www.cdu.edu.au/ik.

Australian Aboriginal Astronomy

This interesting website has been put together by a professional astronomer with an interest in Aboriginal astronomy. The link to this website is http://www.atnf.csiro.au/people/rnorris/AboriginalAstronomy/. Other useful websites on indigenous astronomy can be accessed as part of the Indigenous Science links at Indigenous Astronomy.


CONFERENCES

DreamCatching 2007: Workshops in Math and Science for Teachers of Aboriginal Students
May 2-5, 2007
University of Regina & First Nations University of Canada
Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada)

Featured speaker, Dr. Greg Cajete

DreamCatching 2007 is the fifth in a series of biennial hands-on workshops in math and science for teachers of Aboriginal students offered by Mount Pleasant Educational Services Inc. (the former Native Access to Engineering Programme at Concordia University). These professional development workshops focus on allowing pre- and in-service educators to explore the connections between math, science, IT integration, and Indigenous Knowledge in a hands-on, interactive manner.

More information: http://www.dream-catching.com
nativeaccess@nativeaccess.com

Fourteenth International Conference on Learning (2nd notice)
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, 26-29 June 2007
http://www.LearningConference.com

Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of Learning. 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.

The next deadline in the call for papers is 10 February 2007 - to submit your proposal, please visit the online call for papers page on the conference website.

Seventh International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 3-6 July 2007
http://www.Diversity-Conference.com

The conference brings together scholarly, government and practice-based participants with an interest in the issues of diversity and community. It examines the concept of diversity as a positive aspect of a global world and globalised society. Diversity is in many ways reflective of our present world order, and there are ways of taking this further without necessary engendering its alternatives: racism, conflict, discrimination and inequity.

The conference will explore the full range of what diversity means and explore modes of diversity in real-life situations of living together in community. It supports a move away from simple affirmations that 'diversity is good' to a much more nuanced account of the effects and uses of diversity on differently situated communities in the context of our current epoch of globalisation.

As well as an impressive line up of international main speakers, the conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations. We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the conference call for papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for consideration before or after the conference in the fully refereed International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in the journal, and give you access to the online version of the journal.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 31 January 2007. Proposals are reviewed within one week of submission.

Full details of the conference, including an online call for papers form, are to be found at the conference website - http://www.Diversity-Conference.com

Seventh International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations
Singapore Management University, Singapore, 24-27 July 2007
http://www.ManagementConference.com

The conference will include some of the world's leading thinkers in the field of knowledge, culture and change management, as well as numerous  paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers.

I would particularly like to invite you to respond to the conference call for papers and presentations. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication before or after the conference 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 refereeing and possible publication in the journal, as well as access to the electronic version of the conference proceedings.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 31 January 2007. Proposals are reviewed within one week of submission.

Full details of the conference, including an online call for papers form, are to be found at the conference website - http://www.ManagementConference.com


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

February 2007

24-26 February: SYMPOSIUM ON THE HUMANITIES: FINDING A PLACE IN CHANGING TIMES, Columbia University, New York City,  http://www.HumanitiesSymposium.com

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)

11-14 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)

November 2007

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: 1 February 2007