Science In Yupiaq Culture

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• The scientific bodies of knowledge and scientific ways differ from other cultures. The way people view science in Yupiaq culture in southwestern Alaska is very different from the science we use in the United States.
• We have adopted Western science in our curriculum in the elementary school system. Students are partaking in controlled experiments, replicability, and alleged objectivity which is practiced in a science laboratory which differs from what the indigenous people are doing.
• Science that we are used to is shaped around textbooks and labs which diminishes the knowledge that we could be learning from older generations and the nature. Most people believe science is a subject that stands alone while the indigenous people believe
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They have a tendency to define science from the viewpoint of Western culture which can make it hard for students from non-Western cultures and languages.
• The majority of the residents that reside in Alaska live in tiny villages where the population is very small. Alaska people mainly hunt and fish for their food supply. The Yupiaq culture lives on land larger than individual states in the contiguous 48 states. There are no roads connecting villages so the mode of transportation is usually a snow machines and four wheelers.
• In rural Alaska teachers don’t stay around very long and most of them are Euro-American. Euro-American culture is present is their curriculum which makes it hard for students. Statistics show that student’s failure is high in Yupiaq with many students not even completing high school. The poverty rate is high and the cultural and linguistic differences between students and teachers make the students drop out of school.
• Most rural schools in Alaska don’t have teachers that are native to the land which can make it extremely hard so students to learn about their culture. Most schools rely on volunteers to come in on their free time and teach students about their
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They want the children to understand both world views from the Yupiaq knowledge and also the Euro-American. Science instruction that is seen in the classrooms today there lacks the information that the Yupiaq children need. Students learn from science textbooks instead of hands on materials and demonstrations. The students are then made to learn and remember useless information that they will never use in their life.
• The Yupiaq people hope that in the future the way students learn science will change. They hope to implement the Yupiaw culture into the curriculum with other worldwide views so that students are well rounded.

In this article I learned how important it is to use hands on experiments with your students and to use your surroundings to your advantage. I remember all throughout my school career science was based on facts and the materials in your textbooks. We never really did experiments or learned about where we lived. I hope to steer clear of textbooks and teach my students about where they live and how they can use science in their daily

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