Using indigenous language resources for promoting science learning [PowerPoint presentation]

dc.contributor.authorSimon, Lucy
dc.contributor.authorGeorge, June M.
dc.descriptionPaper presented at the Biennial Conference of The University of the West Indies Schools of Education, 23-25 April, 2013, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobagoen_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper reports on an attempt to document and use indigenous language resources as a tool for promoting science learning in a rural secondary school in Trinidad. The exploratory study involved the compilation of a database of cultural words and expressions, along with their meanings, as gleaned from classroom discussions with a Form 4 Integrated Science class. This resource was then used to develop science lessons that utilized border crossing strategies aimed at bridging the gap between students' everyday language and the language of conventional school science. The overall aim was to help students to better appropriate conventional scientific discourse. In spite of challenges encountered, it was found that the use of indigenous language resources served to increase cognitive and emotional engagement on the part of students and helped them begin to make some progress towards appropriating scientific discourse. The paper makes the case for further research into the creation of suitable spaces that invite indigenous language and ways of communicating into the science classroom in the quest for greater participation in science classes, and also smoother transitions into conventional school scienceen_US
dc.subjectScience educationen_US
dc.subjectSecondary schoolsen_US
dc.subjectRural areasen_US
dc.subjectLanguage of instructionen_US
dc.subjectScientific terminologyen_US
dc.subjectIndigenous knowledgeen_US
dc.subjectSecondary school studentsen_US
dc.subjectLanguage usageen_US
dc.subjectConference papersen_US
dc.subjectTrinidad and Tobagoen_US
dc.titleUsing indigenous language resources for promoting science learning [PowerPoint presentation]en_US
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