Helping teachers to incorporate knowledge of indigenous technologies with their science teaching

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This chapter examines the special circumstances of teachers in developing countries as they face the challenges of providing their students with an education in science and technology that is interesting, relevant to their out-of-school experiences, and rigorous enough to enable them to acquire new concepts and skills at an appropriate level. It argues that the challenge can possibly be met by including indigenous technologies in the curriculum alongside the modern technologies. It explores the conditions necessary for science teachers in developing countries to attempt to use indigenous technologies in their teaching. It is not intended to be a prescriptive model for the teaching of science and technology in developing countries, but seeks rather to describe one strategy that might be found useful and an appropriate component of a general science and technology programme


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