Finding Points of Resonance: Nunavut Students’ Perspectives on Science
Keywords:Nunavut, Inuit traditions, science education, cross-cultural science curriculum
Still largely based on EuroCanadian knowledge and Western teachings, Education in Nunavut remains a negative experience for many Nunavut youth as the result of culturally inappropriate schooling and worldview mismatch. Mismatch occurs as the schooling experiences of Nunavut youth, both Inuit and non-Inuit, do not align with the character, values, and traditions of Nunavut. Divergence is especially pronounced within science education. This paper explores Nunavut students’ perceptions of the nature of science and school science education in order to explore the possibilities and problematics involved in shifting towards a cross-cultural science curriculum that is reflective of Nunavut.
Keywords: Nunavut; Inuit traditions; science education; cross-cultural science curriculum
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