Association of Polar Early Career Scientists



Polar Outreach Catalogue

Northwest Territories Adult Basic Science Education Pairs New Western Perspectives with Traditional Aboriginal Knowledge
  • Educators, Teachers
  • Students - in general
While formal education is a key component in this endeavour, limitations hinder the educational progress of northern adult inhabitants, such as low literacy levels and poor accessibility to resources. Furthermore, instructors in adult education working in remote northern communities are not necessarily skilled in every curriculum sector, specifically in science, and they have few resources to help them address these deterrents. Often updated science curriculum for adult students that uses western scientific practices and simultaneously validates traditional northern Aboriginal knowledge of polar issues is lacking. To meet these needs ?science kits? were created which include multi-media resources and tools to aid in teaching science in remote communities while encompassing students? low literacy levels, instructors? limited scientific knowledge base and traditional Aboriginal knowledge (including harvesting practices, weather predictions, etc.). As these resources now go through their pilot phase in each community of the Northwest Territories, northern adult students will become more knowledgeable in the area of polar science from a western perspective while feeling more empowered in knowing that their traditional knowledge is a valid complement to these newly-gained skills.
  • Other
Aurora College
no timeline given
Yes, all of it
Oslo Science Conference

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