Science teachers as innovators using indigenous resources

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This paper explores the use of Caribbean indigenous resources in the teaching of science. It describes a piece of action research aimed at: (a) sensitizing teachers to the possible uses of Caribbean indigenous resources in the teaching of science, and (b) developing a preliminary model for the incorporation of indigenous resources in science curricula. The research was conducted with two small groups of science teachers in Trinidad and Tobago--a group of practitioners and a group of teacher-trainees. These teachers were exposed to a prototype in the form of a slide-tape presentation. The teachers' assessment of the instructional possibilities of the prototype, and reflections on subsequent efforts to incorporate indigenous resources in their teaching, indicate that this innovation is a viable one with potential benefits for students. However, support systems need to be put in place, especially for inexperienced teachers. A preliminary model for this enterprise is suggested


doi: 10.1080/0950069920140109. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 1st Biennial Cross-Campus Conference on Education, Faculty of Education, The University of the West Indies, Mona, 3-6 Apr. 1990

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